Jan 04 2017

Nguyen Phuong Linh at Goethe-Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam: January 7 – 21, 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.

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