(My) East of Eden (2012–2013)

Pipo Nguyen-duy
(My) East of Eden
Inkjet print on lustre paper
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, New York


Drawing from a lifetime of complex entanglements with the physical and emotional legacies of the Vietnam War, Pipo Nguyen-duy’s photography is influenced by traditional landscape painting and theatrical composition. (My) East of Eden (2011–2013) is the third and final chapter of his staged narrative photography series ‘East of Eden’ (2002–2013) which began as an attempt to render post-9/11 America through a post- apocalyptic lens. The third chapter, reminiscent of nineteenth century British landscape paintings implying harmony between the environment and its inhabitants, centres the resilience and strength of humanity against the backdrop of this once- scarred landscape.