The Guerrillas of Cu Chi

The Guerrillas of Cu Chi

The Guerrillas of Cu Chi

20 min 4 sec
Single channel video
Vietnam, 2012

This work ironically depicts the situation of the Cu Chi tunnels, the underground network of tunnels where Viet Cong guerillas used to hide. Back then, the Cu Chi tunnels were used as hideout during the battles; where they function as communication and logistic distribution lines, hospitals, food and ammunition warehouse, as well as survival space of guerilla fighters.

Today, the tunnels serve as tourism objects which enable visitors to reenact war simulation, war scenes display; who in turn later laugh about their own actions and measures. Using high-speed film camera to produce super slow motion pictures, tourists were depicted as being “shot” in aligned timing when they aimed their weapons to Chu Chi tunnels. A camera was positioned directly across the targetaim shooters. Cameras were also placed behind bulletproof glass that scanned the dramatic shootouts in real time as if they were in reality; the revving guns, smoke, photographs, and action-reaction transformed into critiques upon culture and the post-war massive global economic movement.

The Propeller Group

Founded in 2006 by three artists who actively worked as individuals: Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Their collaborative works are an attempt to merge fine art and mainstream media. Their passion on multimedia and mass communication is directed towards new media, online advertising, film production, television commercial product and installation. Through these multiplatform creations, they collaborated with other artists like; Superflex (Denmark) and Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam). Their works had been presented in many visual art exhibitions like Lyon Biennial, Singapore Biennale, Guangzhou Triennial, Gwangju Biennale, and the latest: Venice Biennale.