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Suzanne in Hanoi
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Suzanne in Hanoi

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Suzanne in Hanoi

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Getting home

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“I left Hanoi on February 29th to go to New York because one of my top artists was having a show there.

After we arrived, all the galleries were ordered to be closed and everything came to a screeching halt. Then I started getting worried about getting back to Vietnam.

In the end I left on my scheduled flight. My staff had told me I would be self-quarantined. Instead, we arrived and everyone was told to sit and wait, which we did so for about 11 hours.

Eventually I was taken to a student dorm in the suburbs. Oddly, it was only about 3km from my house!"
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Arriving in quarantine.
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Suzanne's dormitory.

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A poignant situation

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“I ended up with those two Russian girls, a Laotian student, and then a Vietnamese American from Seattle.

It was a very poignant situation for her because her father was dying in Huế and she had come to see her father before he passed away.

Of course, there was no way she was going to be allowed to Huế. And subsequently, after a couple of days, he passed away.”
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The altar that Suzanne and her Vietnamese roomate improvised.
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“I, myself, have lost my husband and also 6 members of my family in a plane crash, plus my grandson.

I’ve had a lot of experience with death and I’ve learned how to make friends with death. Of course, we all know we’re going to die, but to really know that in your heart and to accept that. A big part of my life has been helping people to not be afraid of death.

When you’re living with people under total uncertainties, it’s interesting what it does to people’s minds. Some people try to push it away through diversions so they don’t think about it, such as drinking. Or people who get sad or scared.

So in this quarantine situation, I really felt a strong need to try to be a person that could help. To try to be calm as possible. And to show that this is just life. Life happens and we don’t know what’s next, but that hasn’t ever changed.”
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Eight days

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Artwork: "Enlightened" by Nguyen Minh Thanh

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“Myself, the Vietnamese American and a Frenchman were transferred to a hotel after 8 days. Of course, we were happy about that, now having our own rooms.

But we had no contact with anybody. And then you become isolated in a situation that you thought would be better. In some ways it was, of course. But… the Frenchman told me he missed his new buddies! ‘We had such a good time,’ he said."

Artwork: "The Lamp" by Nguyen Minh Thanh.
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Thoughts from quarantine

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Artwork: "Water Lily" by Nguyen Minh Thanh.

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Artwork: "We Will Never Die" by Truong Tan.

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  • Contributor: Suzanne Lecht
    Directed by: Julia Alcamo and Dan Hodgson
    Photographs provided by: Suzanne Lecht
    Artworks by: Nguyen Minh Thanh and Truong Tan
    Illustration by: Ewa Ferdynus

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