Poetic Amnesia, solo exhibition, 15 April - 2 June, 2017, the Factory contemporary art centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Artist: Phan Thảo Nguyên
Curator: Zoe Butt
Exhibition date: 15 April – 2 June 2017
Location: The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền W., D.2, HCMC, Vietnam
In Phan Thao Nguyen’s first solo exhibition in Vietnam we will see her passion for storytelling take new direction and form. Inspired by particular historical texts – such as the writings of French missionary Alexander de Rhodes as he traveled across Vietnam, or the earliest mythical tales written in the Vietnamese Romanized script by Catechist Bento Thien – Thao Nguyen weaves her own poetry using their memories as her landscape. Figures in watercolor dance across pages; symbols of love and betrayal are transformed into sculpture; while oil paint sketch scenes on x-ray film backings. In ‘Poetic Amnesia’ an imagined world is conjured, a world that may be truth or fiction, a memory re-called or entirely made anew.