curated by Veronika Witte, Veronika Radulovic and Do Tuong Linh
TROI OI launched its first project at "Blumen & Pflanzen & Dekorationen", a Vietnamese-owned flower shop located inside the Station Zoologischer Garten, on the subway platform of the train line U2 direction Pankow in 2014.
The project tracked the history of Vietnamese immigration. After the German reunification in 1990 the German government announced that only those who had legal means of financial support would be able to receive a residential permit. As a result more and more former Vietnamese guest workers turned to self-employment and floral stands became the popular choice at the time. Reasons for this were the low required start-up capital and the fact that the occupation as 'florist' does not require an apprenticeship nor good German language skills. Often situated in previously unoccupied spaces, these flower stands were opened at street corner or within train stations in the hope for a high flux of customers. In their beginnings the floral shops often operated in a legal grey zone due to the undecided final purpose of these spaces.
TROI OI re-imagines the flower shop as a place where business flourishes and where financial stability for a large part of the Vietnamese community had always been found. For the second iteration of this project, TROI OI invites Nguyệt, who usually sells his flowers at Treptower Park S-Bahn station, to extend business hours in front of Kunstverein in Tiergarten for the finissage of “No War No Vietnam”. His flower stand at Treptower Park Station has been Tieu’s local shop, as she and her mother have passed by the station on a daily basis for over 10 years. Based on these friendship and family structures, we are pleased to invite Nguyệt.
TROI OI is an interdisciplinary project between Nhu Duong and Sung Tieu offering a platform to examine their cultural heritage as Vietnamese immigrants living in Western Europe.
With special thanks to Vu Thi Hanh, who has helped on this project tremendously.