Exhibition: 08 Jun – 04 Aug 2013
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
“The Pink Choice” is an exceptional collection of photographs capturing daily activities as well as private moments of several homosexual couples in Vietnam.This photo series is a project by Maika Elan (Nguyen Thanh Hai), who has a sociology background but has been a professional photographer since 2006.
With her first documentary photography project “The Pink Choice”, Maika has not only shown her sharp eyes and perfect photography skills but also addressed one of the burning issues in current societies, rights for the homosexual.
Voicing about a global concern, the photo album was awarded 1st prize under category ‘Contemporary Issues, Stories’ by prestigious World Press Photo Contest in early 2013 and has been touring around the world since.
The collection is currently exhibited in Tokyo together with other World Press Photo Contest winners. See full event schedule by World Press Photo here.
Artist’s statement and a few photos in the collection come below:
“I want to tell the story by going into the great depth of love and intimacy. I want to avoid stereotypes of homosexuality. I also want to avoid the tabloid/shocking news style. I want to show simply how they care and love each other in daily activities. More strongly, I want to show that their loving and caring for each other is nothing deviant. They are all normal and natural behaviors, attitudes, thoughts and emotions.
Love is beautiful, and we can only claim ourselves supportive of homosexuality when we accept their love – and see it beautiful as it naturally is!”
– Maika Elan –
“The pink choice” was also exhibited in Goethe Institut Hanoi in November 2011.
See more photos in the album The Pink Choice
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