Galeria, May 20 2018 onwards at the Factory Contemporary Art centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Selected paintings from Phan Thảo Nguyên’s haunting and alluring watercolor series ‘Voyage de Rhodes’, together with pieces from her body of sculptures ‘Your daughter is a traitor (Magical bow)’, will again grace our summer Galeria (starting from 20 May onwards). Forming part of her solo exhibition ‘Poetic Amnesia’ (showcased at The Factory 15 Apr – 2 June 2017), these works reflect Thảo Nguyên’s longtime fascination with how and why the Vietnamese language was given a Romanized script, a history the artist uses to project her imagined world, a memory re-called or entirely made anew. Dancing across the walls in the back room are Đạt Vũ’s photographs from of his ongoing project ‘Muted Conversations’ (first shown in an exhibition of the same name at The Factory 10 Aug – 15 Sept 2017). Taken during Đat’s extensive travels throughout the country, these (sur)real images show how local people, across diverse regions, perform rites and rituals in sacred spaces and in daily life; in public and in private; and how they incorporate and maintain these traditional spiritual practices in the constant flux of changes between historical heritage and new influences from contemporary life.
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