Floating View makes a portray of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the economic capital of Vietnam and the native city of the photographer’s mother. After the Đổi mới reform introduced in 1986, the communist nation started its transformation and became one of the fastest developing economies in the world. A new identity unravelled, not unlike the capitalist idealism. The urban landscape developed and skyscrapers multiplied. Cynthia Mai Ammann met the Vietnamese young people who live in this utopian “megacity” and who also shape the city’s future in an atmosphere that oscillates between futuristic perspectives and a dysfunctional altered reality. As the city seems to hesitate between melancholy and a desire for growth, Floating View reveals a personal reflection on tomorrow’s megalopolises.
About the artist
Born in 1993, Cynthia Mai Ammann lives and works in Switzerland. She obtained a diploma from the Vevey Photography School in 2016 and the ECAL in 2019. Her work follows a poetic approach and varies between fiction and documentary. She builds her images with particular attention to emotions such as melancholy, vulnerability and tenderness.