Exhibition “Migration and Identity”

Opening: Fri 26 Feb 2016, 6 pm

Exhibition: 27 Feb – 13 Mar 2016, 9 am – 7 pm

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

With the number of immigrants in Europe being higher than ever, migration is a highly topical issue particularly in Germany. The exhibition “Migration and Identity”, which can be seen from 27th of February to 13th of March at the Goethe-Institut, shows three artistic positions that deal with questions of identity in a sometimes very personal way.

In 2014, approximately 20% of the German population had an immigrant background. These 16.4 million people encounter unknown traditions in their new home. Many of them are living with two cultures, raising questions of self- and external-perception again and again: Where do I come from? Where do I belong? How am I seen by others? The artists Do Tuan Anh, Duong Thuy Duong and Long Thanh were born in Vietnam and have lived in Germany for several years. Their art focuses on questions concerning life with and between two cultures, addressing issues of migration and identity.

Born in 1979 in Thanh Hoa Province, studied Graphic Design at the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts. In 2013, he moved to Solingen (Germany), where he has been living and working as a freelance artist so far. The artist processes the experiences of his early days in a foreign country as well as the cultural differences to his home country in his current series of paintings called “Beginning”. For his earlier works, Do Tuan Anh has already won the Juror’s Choice Award and the Encouragement Award.

The artist Duong Thuy Duong, born in Vietnam in 1979, studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi and later took a degree in painting at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. She is currently based in Berlin. After 2007 and 2009, this is the third time that Duong Thuy Duong will exhibit her latest works in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Hanoi. On display are paintings which focus on the representation of the inner human being.

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