VAALA’s Innaugural Project Fôtô Exhibition to Showcase the Voices of Young, Vietnamese American Women

The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) invites you to join us for the Opening Reception of the Project Fôtô Exhibition on Friday, June 29 from 6:30PM – 9PM at the Black Umbrella Art Gallery on Garden Grove’s Main Street.


The 16 Vietnamese American young women and gender non-conforming participants in the inaugural class come from all over Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Taught by professional multimedia artists Ann Lê, Nguyên Lý, Tu Nguyễn, and Susie Thái, the participants have spent weekends over the last 4 months learning and creating a stunning body of photography, printmaking, video projection and animation work that explore themes of gender, family, immigration, mental health, socio-political and cultural identity. This project sought to empower participants to express their artistic talents and explore their imagination, as well as learn more about themselves and their community. The program was entirely free for participants.


After the Opening Reception, the Project Fôtô Exhibition will remain open daily to the public through Sunday, July 29, during regular Black Umbrella Art Gallery hours, 12PM to 8PM.


The Project Fôtô program is a part of an ongoing Gallery Beyond Walls initiative from VAALA, and was made possible with support from the Garden Grove Community Foundation, Macy’s, Union Bank, as well as Black Umbrella. The exhibition is curated with direction from Program Director + Filmmaker Quyên Nguyễn-Lê and Public Artist + Architect James Đinh.


The exhibition features work from: Ashley Nguyễn, Catherine Trần, Clara Trương, Dawna, Đan Thi Trần, Diana Chế, Jenny Nguyễn, Kacie Nguyễn, Kady Lê, Kathy Trần, Keva Bùi, Mỹ Tiên Phạm, Quý An Nguyễn Lê, Tường Vi Bùi, Vivi Lê, and Yến Đinh.

Project Foto 

Exhibition Opening Event

Friday, June 29, 6:30 – 9PM

Exhibition Gallery Hours

June 29-July 29, 12pm-8pm



Black Umbrella Art Gallery

12951 Main Street Garden Grove, CA

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