Maria Tran and Nancy Trieu are launching their photographic and film exhibition Primordial at Fairfield School of Arts tomorrow, Thursday, at 7pm.
It comprises a photo series alongside a montage documentary they shot and compiled.
Collaborating artists were Hawanatu Bangura, Emily Bui, Therese Chen, Bee Cruse, Donita Hulme, Sue Ismiel, Lina Kastoumis, Dai Le, Layla Mkhayber, Irene Naing, Ana Nguyen, Thuy Nguyen, Karen Therese, Maria Tran, Nancy Trieu, Merryn O’Sullivan and Mouna Zaylah.
The creative video and photo shoot explored women's power and strength and the challenges of being a female artist, represented through the use of the four key elements, fire, water, wind and earth.
Leaders are made not born. Every one of us has an inner lion.NANCY TRIEU
The collection was inspired by the connection of the spirit to nature, emphasising the significance of personal authenticity, especially regarding personal goals.
“Leaders are made not born,” Nancy said. “Every one of us has an inner lion. We must look deep into the eyes into our soul and consider confidence, vulnerabilities, beauty and power.”
Maria has been in the film industry for 10 years as director, producer and founder of Phoenix Eye at Fairfield. She’s worked as a martial-arts action actor in films including Maximum Choppage, Roger Corman's Fist of the Dragon and Vietnamese blockbuster Tracer. She’s a stunt choreographer.
Nancy has been a photographer for eight years and at Lidcombe with two previous photographic exhibits at GAFFA gallery and Barometer Gallery Paddington. She’s the creative producer at Phoenix Eye and a freelance photographer. She’s had two exhibits in GAFFA gallery and Barometer Gallery Paddington. Her works have been featured on the covers of Polo de Marco, Alpha and Elegant.
Primordial is managed by Phoenix Eye in collaboration with NAT Photography. Phoenix Eye is a company in residence at PYT Fairfield and has been supported by Create NSW Western Sydney Arts Fellowship awarded to Maria Tran and auspiced by Diverse Arts Australia.
06/02/19: Several artists’ names added and one corrected.