JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS
What is forgiveness? After war or trauma, how do people people heal and take the journey to forgivness? Journey to Forgiveness in Vietnam seeks to explore and understand the journey of forgivness and reconciliation both by Vietnamese, Americans, and others affected by the war. Namaya, a US Veteran with the B4 Peace Art Team needs your support to continue their work of educating people and facilitating healing after war, so that there can be a peaceful future.
The National Flower of Vietnam is the Lotus, symbolizing commitment and optimism for the future.
A MULTIMEDIA EXPLORATION OF THE HEALING AND FORGIVING OF PEOPLE AFTER THE VIETNAM WAR
What is forgiveness? After war or trauma, how do people people heal and take the journey to forgivness? Journey to Forgiveness in Vietnam seeks to explore and understand the journey of forgivness and reconciliation both by Vietnamese, Americans, and others affected by the war.
During the first few weeks of January, Namaya and Zoe Kopp will photograph and interview people throughout Vietnam and document their stories and examine the process of being able to forgive; both for older generations who personally experienced the war and for younger people. This is a continuation of Namaya’s work on forgiveness and his multiyear art and performance project called Pornography of War- the Impact of War and Militarism on society.
The project will help educate people about the impact of war and the journey to forgiveness. In February, during an art residency at the New Space Art Center, photos, art work and writings will be on display. The exhibit will also include a Tree of Forgiveness a physical tree in Hue and a virtual tree on social media where individuals can add their stories of forgiveness. People will be able to write about something or someone they would like to forgive. They then write or draw on a card that becomes a leaf on a tree. Or, they could place a photograph or memento. At the end of the two weeks of the project, it is proposed that volunteers read out loud, items placed on the tree. Then at the end of the closing ceremony all items on the tree will be burned; symbolizing both the witness and the surrendering of memory. Our endeavor in this work at all times is to be sensitive to the cross cultural dynamics of the Vietnamese people.
Education and Future Plans - Why We NEED Your Support
The Journey to Forgiveness will not only take place in Vietnam. During the project there will be a social media campaign to educate the public on the Vietnam War, the ongoing recovery process in Vietnam and the US; which shows the cost of war does not stop with the cease fire. There are plans to have the Journey of Forgiveness traveling show in the US, Vietnam and an on-line exhibition which can be used by museums, peace centers and by schools. The B4 Peace team plans to hold similar projects, in countries affected by war over the next decade. Forgiveness and peace are on-going processes and the B4 Peace team will continue facilitating this needed process.