Vo Tran Chau

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Where is the beginning?
2019
used clothes dyed with persimmon, thread
94 x 133 cm
Where is the end?
2019
used clothes dyed with persimmon, thread
94 x 140 cm
The soul of trees
2019
used clothes dyed with persimmon, thread
94 x 126 cm
Société Cotonnière Du Tonkin
2019
used clothes, thread
135 x 77 cm
It was someone's home - 1
2019
used clothes, found wooden cabinet door
40 x 37.5 cm
Leaf Picking in the Ancient Forest - Red
2018
used clothes, thread
220 x 340 cm
Leaf Picking in the Ancient Forest - Blue
2018
used clothes, thread
220 x 340 cm
Leaf Picking in the Ancient Forest - Yellow
2018
used clothes, thread
220 x 340 cm
Leaf Picking in the Ancient Forest - Black & White
2018
used clothes, thread
220 x 340 cm
Giãi Trãi
2016
mixed used fabrics, thread
64 x 57 x 23 cm
Green
2018
used clothes, thread
245 x 159 cm
Blue
2018
used clothes, thread
242 x 159 cm
Spontaneous Feelings
2017
cotton, thread
66.5 x 94 cm
Mosaic Portrait No.12
2017
cotton, thread
59.8 x 39.8 cm
Fiber Link
2014
fabric buttons sewn onto canvas
66.5 x 93.5 cm

BIOGRAPHY

Woven into Vo Tran Chau’s practice is the intrinsic emotionality of found fabrics and used clothes, retaining within them ambiguous, yet still pertinent histories. The act of threading together her squares of textile is as though a reconstruction of the stories lost in grand narratives. In her earlier works, Vo Tran Chau navigates various sites with cultural or personal significance, subjecting them to a pixelation that draws attention to the murky waters of history. The images, blurred from view, evade our attempts to see and point to the very nature of memory: hazy, and at times wilfully amnesic. In more recent works, the artist continues to explore the act of remembering, this time with those whose histories overlap her own. Her encounters with Jeju Island – its textile techniques, the personal stories, and the religious practice of Muism – inform her spiritually-charged works, asking further questions of life and death and reincarnation. Through her method of image making, Vo Tran Chau recognises the depth of historical wounds passed down the generations, and stitches them back as a way to heal.

Vo Tran Chau (b. 1986, Binh Thuan) graduated from the Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts in 2011, and has since held prestigious exhibitions within the region and abroad. Selected shows include Lunar Breccia, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City; Leaf picking in the ancient forest, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City; Where The Sea Remembers, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Unfolding: Fabric of Our Life, Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), Hong Kong; Lingering at the Peculiar Pavilion, Manzi Art Space, Hanoi, travelled to Salon Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City; The Foliage, Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), Hanoi; Suzhou Documents, curated by Zhang Qing and Roger M. Buergel, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China; Still (the) Barbarians, curated by Koyo Kouoh, EVA International: Ireland’s Biennale of Contemporary Art, Limerick, Ireland; Tracing, Born from the Land, and My eldest sister, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City; Black Fog, Nha San Collective, Hanoi; Petit and Smooth, Nha San Studio, Hanoi; and Bolero, Zero Station, Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2015, Vo Tran Chau undertook San Art Laboratory, an arts residency initiated by San Art. She received a grant from the Danish Vietnamese Cultural Development and Exchange Fund in 2011 for the exhibition Born from the Land. 

Vo Tran Chau lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.

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