Since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, estimated about two million Vietnamese refugees, known as the boat people, decided to leave their country because of the combination of economic sanctions and the legacy of destruction. Many people used makeshift boats or fishing boats to escape. Dismally, about half, in the process, suffered horrific deaths.
I printed historical and photojournalistic imagery, found online, on origami boats using the cyanotype process. The images represent both the Vietnamese exodus and the current Syrian refugee crisis, as well as reflecting a long history of people fleeing desperate circumstances. I want viewers to reflect on American policies values, and histories related to refugees.