VIETNAM PASSING by Morgan Markey
120 x 145mm, 36 pages, Risograph printed in red and black, Sewn bound, 2020.
The events of the Vietnam War are deeply rooted in the history of young Americans, yet for many, they feel out of reach and forgotten. This book, is a visual narrative of my experience in a country where the traces of its colonial past are hard to escape. Set alongside the photographs, there are excerpts from a 1963 copy of Life Magazine recounting moments from the war. On each page, there is a timeline set between three dates – the date of the Vietnam War, followed by my date of birth, ending with the date of entry into Vietnam. The timeline set alongside 35mm black and white photographs, is meant to emphasise the significance of time. Using black and white 35mm film makes the timeline of the photographs unclear, which points to the nebulous qualities of history itself.