Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Holly Greene 

BA [Hons] Photography

Born in Vietnam and adopted by an Irish family in 1999, Holly Greene grew up with a camera in hand by making videos and taking photographs of her dolls. Having grown up in Ireland and living with two different cultures, Holly has taken an interest in exploring more about her adoption, family, identity and her home country through her photographic and video works.

Cha Mẹ

"Cha Mẹ" which means “Parents” in Vietnamese, is an exploration of the presence of an absence she has felt since reconnecting with her family through Facebook in 2017. Since then she has only been in contact with two of her three brothers. She doesn’t pry too much into her Vietnamese family's reasoning for her parents don’t message or appear on video calls that often. As a result, Holly is left with lingering questions about her Vietnamese parents and what happened to them after her adoption. Narrated by her Irish Grandmother, “Cha Mẹ” explores the subject of family, and answers Holly’s yearningful questions as to what happened to her parents during her adoption in 1999.