The Statue

The symbolic significance of Ho Chi Minh for Vietnam’s nationalist leadership cannot be overstated. He acts as a potent instrument for upholding the ideals and tenets of the Vietnamese Communist Party, instilling in the country a sense of patriotism and allegiance. In recent years, the local authority has drawn criticism from the media and academics for diverting a massive amount of the state budget to fund the construction of the Ho Chi Minh statues throughout Vietnam. The necessity of these costly statues is questioned, especially in regions where the most basic infrastructure is still severely inadequate.

The architecture of Ho Chi Minh’s statue differs in each region, reflecting the diverse cultural and historical backdrops. These variations in design show the multifaceted nature of Ho Chi Minh’s legacy and convey the official propaganda narratives. Moreover, they also serve as a visual celebration of the nation’s continual quest for social and economic advancement and a vivid reminder of its past struggle for independence.

The imposing and reverence presence of these statues accentuates the lasting influence of Ho Chi Minh and his nationalism ideology deeply embedded in the nation’s collective consciousness.

This photographic project focuses on the many Ho Chi Minh statues in public, which have served as gathering and worshipping sites for the general populace.