Maika Elan – The Pink Choice
“Homosexuality is no longer considered a big taboo in today’s world: people have heard a lot of it, have almost come to accept it. Many can easily say they are homosexual, or have homosexual friends. However, there still exists a large barrier, when the notion of homosexuality is still limited to define what homosexuality is and how different it is… Starting from the own curiosity, the own confusion and the own motivation, as well as the insights into homosexuals’ lives that Maika herself had a chance to witness, she wholeheartedly carried out this project: a photography document about homosexual couples’ daily activities and their private moments (called THE PINK CHOICE).
Maika focuses on living spaces, the affectionate touches, and more importantly, the synchronized rhythm of lovers sharing life together. Viewers may not see much of personalities of the people in the photos but they can feel the warmth of love and caring. In another way, in this project, she wants to show what she saw from homosexual people and not to show how homosexual people see themselves. Love is beautiful, and we can only claim ourselves supportive of homosexuality when we accept their love – and see it beautiful as it naturally is!”
The artist Maika Elan full-name is actually Nguyen Thanh Hai and was born in 1986 in Hanoi. 2008 she graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, since then she is working as a freelance photographer. Regularly, she participates with her works in photography workshops and festivals in Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Bangladesh und won several prices. In September 2012 her pictures were shown at a festival in Europe, the World Event Young Artist Festival in Nottingham (UK). More images and other interesting projects on her website. Maika Elan is represented by the MoST Artists from Bangkok.