17 November - 6 January
To visit the Con Dao [Côn Đảo] archipelago is to challenge all preconceptions about the prison island. Its largest island Con Son once housed a French colonial prison where over 20,000 prisoners died. It was subsequently used as an internment camp by the Americans during the Vietnam War. It is often referred to as the Devil’s Island of Southeast Asia. Today it is marketed internationally as a beach paradise but this is to erase a more complex past and present. It is also to ignore the local community, the biodiversity and the memorial role of the island within Vietnamese national identity.
The exhibition features a selection of images taken by photographer Charles Fox during a visit in September 2018.