Mama mama mantra, 2018

Silkscreen printing on canvas 

240x75 cm

“Mama mama mantra” is a silkscreen printing artwork which aims to explore phonological repetition in the form of visual language. The addressed term “mẹ”, “mother” in Vietnamese, relates to my personal experience of becoming a mother and, at the same time, living away from my mother-land. 

I question if can one forget their homeland’s colour, smell, and sound if they cannot see it, touch it or talk in their familiar language. Would such a night-time mantra be able to take the form of the means to preserve the memory of a homeland despite all geographical distance and time?