Breaking the canvas

A set of wall paintings by young graffiti artists has inspired a conversation about art, culture and the changing times in a HCMC neighborhood.   One of the half-length portrait murals portraying a member of the Click9 project The area around this old Pho Shop will never be the same. Pho Dau, one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most famous noodle stalls and a prized local landmark for decades, is surrounded by color like never before. Located off a courtyard down an alley on the way to … [Read more...]

Why Are Graffiti and Street Art Destroying One Another?

Bob Duggan on October 5, 2011, 11:22 PM For most people, there's little difference between graffiti and street art. To those within that circle, however, there's a whole world of difference—even enough to drive them to destroy the art of others. Part of that difference comes from the continued rejection of graffiti as a criminal act, whereas street art quickly rose up from the streets into the galleries, where it has become the hot, new genre eagerly bought up by younger collectors. The … [Read more...]

Graffiti grows in HCM City

Although graffiti has coloured the walls of large cities all over the world for the last decades, it is still an incipient trend in Ho Chi Minh City. Art or eye-sore? A Graffiti work In the past few years graffiti artists, both foreign and homegrown, have turned their attention to the previously untouched walls of the country's largest city. Although to many people this is considered an art, many local residents have not come to see it this way. Nguyen Thi Hai Anh, the owner of a shop along … [Read more...]

The closing week of “Graffiti in the Alley”

The closing week of "Graffiti in the Alley": 02 - 07 Aug 2011 Zerostation, The quarter 288, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Str, D.3, HCMC For the entire 26 days of the project (from 12 July to 07 August), since the first day when all artists from Click 9 were totally new ones entering in a very unfamiliar spraying environment, and when the residents at the quarter 288 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia curiosly observed something they almost have never seen before, up to now, there has been a dialogue, sometimes … [Read more...]