Mar 10 2017
Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s latest film The Island will be featured at this year’s Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA).
The Island is shot entirely on Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that became the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. The artist and his family were some of the 250,000 people who inhabited the tiny island between 1978 and 1991; it was once one of the most densely populated places in the world. After the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shuttered the camp in 1991, Pulau Bidong became overgrown by jungle, filled with crumbling monuments and relics.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The Biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design.
Jan 10 2017
XEM Vietnam (of which Galerie Quynh artist Hoang Duong Cam is a member) will be launching the seventh issue of their eponymous publication on January 14 at Inlen Gallery (23B Tran Quang Dieu, District 3, HCMC).
XEM Magazine is a platform to showcase photography-based work by the collective (consisting of Vietnamese contemporary artists/photographers Quang Lam, Hoang Duong Cam, Phan Quang, UuDam Tran Nguyen, and Nguyen Thanh Truc). Each issue also features work by one invited guest, who – for the magazine’s latest issue – will be emerging HCMC-based artist Quynh Lam.
Jan 06 2017
As part of the 10th edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Tiffany Chung will be in conversation with artist Tania Bruguera and Sean Anderson, MoMA’s Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design. Entitled Citizens and Borders: Migration and Displacement, the talk will take place on January 22 (12.30 pm – 1.30 pm).
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free event of its kind. Celebrating writers from across the globe, the Festival has hosted some of the best regarded and loved names, ranging from Nobel Laureates and Man Booker Prize winners to debut writers including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eleanor Catton, Hanif Kureishi, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Ian McEwan, J.M. Coetzee, Mohammed Hanif, Oprah Winfrey, Orhan Pamuk, Pico Iyer, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, Vikram Seth and Wole Soyinka along with renowned Indian language writers such as Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Uday Prakash as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy. Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple invite authors from across the globe to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.
Jan 04 2017
As part of the third edition of multi-exhibition contemporary art project Skylines with Flying People, Nguyen Phuong Linh will hold a solo show at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi (56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh District), entitled The Last Ride.
The exhibition concludes Nguyen Phuong Linh’s year-long research on Vietnamese history during the French colonial period and its consequences on the present-day Central Highlands. Using the elephant – a significant symbol of power and holy spirits in the ethnic culture of the region – as a point of departure, the artist explores the process during which the animal, as well as the people and their culture and land, have been tamed, controlled and exploited throughout time.
Skylines With Flying People 3 is an interdisciplinary art project set out to portray the landscape of contemporary Vietnam through the lens of local artists who were born and have grown up in the period of Đổi Mới (the economic reform policy leading to Vietnam’s ‘socialist-led market economy’).
Following the success of the first two editions (2010 in London and 2012 in Hanoi), Skylines with Flying People 3 was initiated in 2014 and takes as its starting point notions of ‘journeying’ and ‘border’. 14 artists, 6 curators, numerous scholars and various museums, institutes and education organisations are being brought together to collaborate. 11 sub-projects dealing with Việt Nam’s complicated history, fragmented culture and issues such as migration, exploitation of humans and nature, urbanisation and gender, have been realised across the country. Between October 2016 and January 2017, 6 solo, duo and group exhibitions have taken place.
Dec 10 2016
Organised by Nha San Collective and Queer Forever!, Sex, Refugees and Video represents a rare occasion to meet and talk with photographer, cinematographer and film director Jamie Maxtone-Graham, and artist, curator Việt Lê.
Jamie Maxtone-Graham and Việt Lê will share their individual works as well as their short experimental film collaboration eclipse, featuring the music of Đại Lâm Linh and Nhà Sàn Collective artists.
Jamie will briefly present selections from three recent portfolios of portraits produced in 2014-2016 which center on a series of made around the time of the film shot with Viet Le – a ‘before, during and after’. His portraits often combine elements of fiction and non-fiction and an uncertain relationship between people and place.
Dec 03 2016
Les Bananes, Trong Gia Nguyen’s first Hanoi solo exhibition, will be opening this month at L’Espace.
‘Banana’ is a term, used playfully and in the pejorative, which refers to an Asian person who is more Western in nature and who has lost touch with the cultural identity of his or her parents. Hence, like a banana is ‘yellow on the outside and white on the inside.’ In English, ‘banana’ also refers to someone who has a screw loose, in other words, crazy. And like the fruit, Nguyen’s works often require the peeling of layers.
In this playful, interactive exhibition, the artist contends with these roots and stereotypes. He investigates his own ‘status,’ having been born in Saigon, grown up in the United States since he was 4, and now living again in Vietnam over the last 20 months. Like the happy idiot who doesn’t know any better or how to be politically correct, Nguyen’s conceptual approach calls into question the insistence of purist, authentic identities, specifically based on race and arbitrary social hierarchy.
Nov 16 2016
Founded by Eudoxia Estrella, the 13th edition of the Biennial of Cuenca is an international project with more than 30 years of history. It constitutes the central cultural event of visual arts in Ecuador and is one of the most important continental showcases of contemporary art.
Titled IMPERMANENCIA, Mutable Art in a Materialist Society, the event will gather more than fifty artists from all over the world.
Curator Dan Cameron proposes to bring together a geographically and stylistically diverse group of artists who share an interest in mirroring the frailties and follies of human existence relative to our fundamentally fleeting existence. According to Cameron, impermanence, as a thematic concept, “is increasingly characteristic of the lives we lead today, when art’s value seems less rooted in the precondition that its appearance be preserved intact a hundred or thousand years from now, and instead is increasingly defined by its ability to connect with us in the present, fleeting moment of our exchange with it, even if a week from now it has vanished without a trace.”
Nov 15 2016
Reunification-1 Journey by Phu Luc (The Appendix Group), the performance art collective founded in 2010 by artists Nguyen Huy An, Vu Duc Toan and Hoang Minh Duc, is currently on view as part of the multi-exhibition project Skylines with Flying People initiated by Nha San Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Reunification-1 Journey documents Phu Luc’s voyage from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on the TN1 (Reunification) train. Following a physically unchanged route and carrying with them as belongings significant and allegorical objects, the collective passes through and collides with multiple complex times and spaces that are historically crucial in the story of Vietnam’s struggle to reconcile its halves.
Nov 10 2016
With its first edition launched in 1996, Shanghai Biennale was the first international biennale dedicated to contemporary art in mainland China. Over the past 19 years, it has held highly its mission to support academic and creative innovation, and with an open perspective has been concerned with cultural change and the direction of innovation in the context of globalization, evolving into a significant platform for international art exchange and presentation. In the current global circumstance of strong interconnection, the 11th Shanghai Biennale attaches itself to exploring possibility for ‘South-South cooperation,’ and by such exploration seeks to present an art world that traverses the dividing boundary between the East and the West and embraces radiating variety.
The Biennale’s curators from Raqs Media Collective, who straddle diverse roles in creative and curatorial work and research processes, envisage the Biennale to be a destination for many different kinds of exploration and investigation as well as a launching pad for new visions and ideas.
Oct 20 2016
Exploring shared histories and current realities within and beyond the region, Singapore Biennale 2016 will be a constellation of artistic perspectives that provide unexpected ways of seeing the world and ourselves.
Titled An Atlas of Mirrors, the international contemporary art exhibition will feature site-specific and never seen before contemporary artworks by more than 60 artists across Southeast Asia, and East and South Asia.
Fascinated by colonial rubber plantations and the role they have played and continue to play in Vietnam, Nguyen Phuong Linh explores the materiality of rubber and investigates the historical significance of the country’s rubber trees and plantations. Her work is realised in three parts: a video projection, a nine-piece installation, and a suite of soil drawings on paper. The video captures the activities and landscapes surrounding rubber plantations, while the drawings chronicle the artist’s reflections and explorations around the plantations. The installation addresses the history of rubber in Vietnam and the Cham Pa community, who live in central Vietnam where many plantations are located.