Rasiel begins her most recent photographic exploration from the balcony of a resort hotel in Miami Beach. Looking down onto the temporary inhabitants of this highly constructed and designed environment, we get the sense that they are figurines in a dollhouse made by and for adults.
“Nhìn | Picturing Autism Vietnam” is part of photographer Debbie Rasiel’s journey across disparate landscapes, language barriers and cultural divides to document the lives of families with living autism. Debbie Rasiel is a photographer and art historian. She has worked for NGOs in New York and South Africa. Debbie spent several years documenting a paper-making poverty relief program and an AIDS orphanage outside of Johannesburg.
An exhibition called “Picturing Autism Vietnam” show the daily life of people with autism in three Vietnamese cities of Ha Long, Hanoi and HCM City, besides other countries such as the United States, Mexico, Peru and Iceland, as well as Indonesia, is on display in Hanoi.