When: Fall 2018
What: Vietnam Veteran and Shepherdstown, WV resident Kimo Williams exhibits his portraits of the Vietnamese people he encountered upon his return to Vietnam.
Where: 133 West German Street Shepherdstown WV 25443
In 1969 as a high school senior, Kimo always thought Vietnam was a third world backward gloomy environment. Once there he realized it was nothing like that at all. The country had beautiful landscapes and flowing rivers. The non-combatant Vietnamese were warm cordial and very friendly. He relished the opportunity to engage with the people and the culture. However, because of the nature of his presence there, a cultural investigation was very limited.
He left Vietnam in the Fall of 1970 never having had the chance to understand the Vietnamese really or to embrace the beauty of the land.
In 1998, Kimo returned to Vietnam for the first time specifically to the place of his first assignment in Lai Khe. From this cathartic return, he realized what he missed as a soldier and wanted so much more. He returned in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. During each trip, he had his camera with him and captured the faces from those he encountered which for him provided the essence of who this culture was. FACES of VIETNAM is an exhibit of those photographs.
With saxophone solo by Carol Williams
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