Baby's-breath is a flower symbolizing everlasting love, pureness, and innocence.
A global status report by the World Health Organization on preventing violence against children in 2020, found that one child out of every two, or one billion children, suffers from some form of brutality each year.
Unicef Vietnam also announced, "68.4% of children aged 1-14 in the country recorded being abused by parents or caregivers. Because of quarantine for months, kids have difficulties in escaping from their abusers. Local media coverage regularly distributes various graphic images and videos that revealed abusive scenes and injury victims, including their identities.
A multi-media project called "Baby's-breath" by Phuong Hoang combines photographs, texts, objects, and videos triggered by 21 stories published in Vietnamese online newspapers over the past 15 years.
Phuong Hoang connects original sounds with photographs of toys, such as a hand-built wall glued by sugar and vanilla, a sensory therapy swing for children, or baby anti-stress candies.
Using photography as a weapon, Phuong Hoang depicts violence against children as a long-lasting problem in Vietnamese society and globally, requiring appropriate attentions and a more effective shield from policymakers.
Excerpts from Baby's-Breath
Without displaying straightforwardly bloody scenes or depicting children only as victims, "Baby's-breath" further questions how pictures of violence, especially those focusing on child abuse publicized by the media, may affect the public's empathy.