from the artist statement:
Having grown up in a conservative society and endured the consequences and conflicts surrounding the Vietnam War, my life-long fantasy has always been to live in a world of freedom and unlimited imagination. While I embark on this personal exploration of identity, I start to unravel what it means to be Vietnamese at this time in history. My photographs are staged narratives and are a combination off personal and fictional experiences. Whether these images are based on real events or dream-like sequences, they are simultaneously hovering in the same moment. Each image may appear to be telling stories of the individuals being photographed; but they are actually revealing a sense of my own story.
I believe people, regardless of their origins all share similar experiences and learn to survive by the same hope and love. Many times I like to leave the story unsolved because ultimately, the viewer will define the best narrative, according to his or her own history and experience.
Brian Doan is an artist and photographer based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and his BFA from the University of Colorado in Denver. He currently is a faculty at the Long Beach City College. Doan's work has been exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Photography in Riverside, California, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Mexico, the Victoria & Albert Museums in London, the Amsterdam Tropenmuseum, and the Milan Triennale. He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including from the California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Fellows in the Humanities. His monograph The Forgotten Ones was published by VAALA in 2004. Brian Doan is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston and Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver.
From Within Published November 03, 2009