Address: 16 Ngô Quyền Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Opening hour: 8:30am - 8pm from Tuesday 18/8/2015 to Thursday 20/8/2015

“Inside the light” is an exhibition portraying lives of blind people both young and old, mostly in Hanoi. In the first floor of the gallery, photos of blind people captured by students from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School are displayed on the walls, so that people can grab a visual glance into those lives. Upstairs, participants can try normal activities of blind people, such as reading and writing using the braille display, and walking around without being able to see anything.

I think "Inside the light" is successful in the way that it keeps hunting me from the moment I listened to the stories narrated by a "tour guide" girl to who knows when it will stop. 

I think the world should stop sensing everything by eyes only, because maybe we should listen, touch, smell and most importantly feel things by our heart.

I think maybe it would be a better world if we start thinking every being is "extraordinary", instead of "different". 

I think if one day, you feel like you do not have enough energy to continue the journey, just think that it is okay to pause, but then start again when you hold more strength and optimistic, for the journey is full of worthwhileness after all. Everything takes time.

I think when you are not confident that you can find your light alone, ask for help; I find it struggling to open my voice when things get difficult, but believe me, after countless effort of trying without any success, simple support solves all quickly many times. 

And for the last note, I think if you spare 30 minutes this week for yourself, surround yourself with "Inside the light"'s kind souls who are not reluctant to share all the heartfelt stories they have felt with us throughout the exhibition, and immerse in this beautiful community of lovely, highly-motivated and united blind people. And of course, I hope you walk out of the exhibition with a refined lens of life!

For me, without any exaggeration, it was nothing different like a roller coaster ride of emotions, both ups and downs, with an ample opportunity to understand more about the blind people's lives, not only by looking at photos but also by trying real life activities such as being blind-folded and walking around, and writing using the braille display.