Women in Photography 2017 Exhibition
The Pink Choice | Maika Elan

The Pink Choice gives rare insight into the domestic lives of homosexual couples living in Vietnam. The series captures them in everyday moments in the intimate privacy of their homes, giving a nuanced perspective of a community that often struggles to gain acceptance within their own country.

About Maika Elan
Maika Elan is a freelance photographer based in Ho Chi Minh City. After studying sociology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, Maika started to use the camera, and then Lomo’s family cameras, to take pictures of her daily and private life since 2008. She turned to professional photography, soon starting collaborations for editorial clients and fashion firms in Vietnam. In 2010, Maika moved to documentary photography. Her first project, The Pink Choice, focused on the personal life of gay couples in Vietnam, has been published in many magazines in print and online such as in USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, China, India and Brazil.

Maika was double-awarded for the “best photo essay” and the “best single photo” in 2010 at the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation and in 2012 The Pink Choice was finalist at Asian Women Photographers. Her first solo exhibition has been hosted at Goethe Institut in Hanoi in 2012. The Pink Choice won 1st prize stories, Contemporary Issues, at World Press Photo 2013 and 1st prize documentary story at Pride Photo Award 2013. Maika also participated in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, Holland and was selected for the VII Mentor program from 2014-2016.

Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm

:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)