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Simone Sapienza
Charlie Surfs on Lotus Flowers

Photographs by Simone Sapienza

Design by Akina Books

Akina, 2019

Edition of 500 copies

Hardcover with transparent silk-screened dust-jacket

110 pp., 87 color illustrations

200 x 280 mm

Item #7043

0.950 7043 EUR 40.00 Add to Cart

"Simone Sapienza depicts post-war Vietnam through a sequence of metaphorical responses to its current Hollywoodian limbo, surfing himself on a new wave of documentary photography." — Laurence Cornet, PHMuseum

On April 30th, 1975, a North Vietnamese tank rolled through the gate of the Presidential Palace in Saigon, signifying the end of the cruel American War and the beginning of a new independent era from Western regimes.

More than 40 years later, “Charlie surfs on Lotus Flowers” depicts post-war Vietnam through a sequence of metaphorical responses to its current Hollywoodian limbo between the rise of the free-market economy and the Communist only-one Party that still rule with uncontested power since the end of the war, disappointing the hope of a democratic and free country. History repeats itself, looking at the West. In fact, according to the Pew Global Poll, 95% of people in Vietnam agree that most people are better off under capitalism, even if there is inequality. 

Peopled by a young and energetic population, the country is likely to become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies – the next Asian Tiger – still ruled with undisputed order and control, yet eager to ride the wave of economic freedom.

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