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.
Oct 03 2016
Organized by curator Pierre Lefort, Truc-Anh’s solo show Vacuphilia presents a selection of new works created by the artist while in residence at Werkartz Studio in Los Angeles last spring.
Sep 28 2016
Revolving around the axis of ‘curating’, the Kuandu Biennale was inaugurated with the theme ‘Have a Dream’ in 2008, via ‘Plus’ (2010), ‘Artist in Wonderland’ (2012), ‘Recognition System’ (2014) to ‘Slaying Monsters’ this year.
The 2016 Kuandu Biennale has cordially invited ten pairs of artists and curators from Taiwan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore to accomplish the great achievement of the Biennale with concerted efforts. They will collectively create a new myth of Asian contemporary civilization by ways of conflict, creation, transformation, breakout, adventure, and so forth.
Sep 21 2016
Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies.
Bringing together projects by architects, designers, and artists, working in a range of mediums and scales, that respond to the complex circumstances brought about by forced displacement, the exhibition focuses on conditions that disrupt conventional images of the built environment.
Sep 15 2016
Northern Ibaraki Prefecture, home to six regional cities and the venue for KENPOKU ART 2016, is a place of fascinating contrasts. Richly endowed with nature, the combination of scenic ocean and mountains lend it a truly unique atmosphere. Life is rooted in traditional culture and society, but the region, located just outside the metropolis of Tokyo, is close enough to feel the latest technology and culture.
KENPOKU ART 2016 is an international art festival that highlights the spirit of innovation in Ibaraki and focus on collaboration between art and cutting-edge science and technology while engaging in dialogue with nature. The organizers believe that it is art that makes the integration of nature, science and technology, and humanity possible; and only art can reveal a new vision for the future by bringing together diverse knowledge and creative minds, encouraging collaboration beyond individual fields of work and activities rooted in community, and imparting philosophical perspectives and the joy of living.
Artists showing at KENPOKU ART 2016 include Tiffany Chung, Sandrine Llouquet, Zadok Ben-David, Daniel Buren, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Tea Mäkipää, Sudsiri Pui-Ock, amongst others.