Exhibition showcases memories of women in war

An exhibition titled ‘Remember Barbara’ opened at the Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi on December 14, telling the stories of 14 women who are living witnesses of World War II.
French documentary photographer and videographer Maureen Ragoucy at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. (Source: baoquocte.vn)

The exhibition is the result of an eight-year project by French documentary photographer and videographer Maureen Ragoucy, who went to visit the women in France, Italy, England, Germany, Poland, Hungary, the US and Japan. At the time of the war, these people had to leave their homelands, flee from slums, be imprisoned, or face the loss of loved ones.

The exhibition features the words and voices associated with their portraits, thereby showing the war in a realistic and vivid way from their perspectives.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Nguyen Thi Minh Huong, Vice President of the Vietnam Women's Union, said the exhibition looks to mark the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic relations and a decade of the countries’ strategic partnership in 2023.

She expressed her belief that the event will have a strong impact, continuing to open up opportunities and cooperation activities between Vietnam and France in general, and between Vietnamese and French women in particular.

The exhibition will run until the end of December.

'Remember Barbara' has been exhibited by Ragoucy at many museums in France. In 2019, she received a creative support grant from the Hauts-de-France region to present her special project in Vietnam.