Dinh Q. Le’s Woven Imagery Connects Culture — A Review

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Posted on Jul 9, 2012diaCRITICS is excited to reprint this review of Dinh Q. Lê's show at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California, written by Leah Ollman and originally published in the Arts & Culture section of the Los Angeles Times. Lê's work has been celebrated by art critics and museum collections far and wide, so this glowing review is not surprising. Best known for his woven-photograph-montages conjuring both history and memory, the fine arts photographer was born in 1968 in Hà … [Read more...]

Land of Hope and Aspirations

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Be careful what you set your heart upon – for it surely will be yours (James Baldwin) “I simply set out to paint the wishes of parents and of the next generation,” Tuan Anh says of his new paintings which explore the complexities of dreams and ambitions within a reality of rapid urbanisation and commercialisation. Baldwin turned the clichéd dictum Beware what you wish for... into something altogether more complex by adding the vaguely threatening stanza, for it surly will be yours, implying … [Read more...]

Khue Nguyen — a Naked Star

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Guest diaCRITIC blogger Boitran Huynh-Beattie—a professor, curator and art historian in Australia—introduces a talented Vietnamese-Australian gay artist, Khue Nguyen. Last year, Nguyen was a finalist with his self-portrait, Unleashed, in the prestigious Archibald Prize of 2010. He is currently exhibiting his collected works, In Search of Sensuality, in Sydney. His art is expressive and evocative, with textural layers of differing styles revealing simultaneous meanings—especially his stunning … [Read more...]

A Point of Departure, a Point of Destination

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Natalia Kraevskaia “Because we just have a limited farmland to work, I have to come here to earn more money to feed my children…We all have to suffer from a hard life, that is the reason to come here to make our living” “There are six members in our family and my husband and I are breadwinners. Now my children have to live with their grandparents while we two come to Hanoi to make money.” “Here some people shout at me… When I am at home, no one has such an attitude towards me. It‟s true … [Read more...]

Danh Vo: In Memory of Forgetting

He is regarded as one of the most exciting young contemporary artists. At first, however, Danh Vo, who was born in Vietnam and grew up in Denmark, was like a phantom in the art world. In his installations he links aspects of his own adventurous life with excursions into war and colonial history. Daniel Völzke met the artist, who is represented in the Deutsche Bank Collection, in Berlin. Danh Vo, Untitled (Christmas), 2007 Courtesy: Galerie Isabella … [Read more...]

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21 May 2012 Photo: MARKUS TRETTER all images courtesy of DANH VÕ and Kunsthaus Bregenz The other day I went to DANH VÕ solo exhibition in Bregenz, and for his first major institutional solo event in Austria, the Danish-Vietnamese artist once again refracts the biographical history of the VÕ family’s emigration from Vietnam and an expression of political ideals. When he was four, his family fled the chaos of the post-war years in a boat. They were hoping to reach the USA, but instead … [Read more...]

3D sketchbook: an archive of the artist’s inspiration

From: Cristina Nualart Posted on 26 February 2012 Zerostation is a Saigon-based arts organisation that aims to connect Vietnamese and international art practitioners. It regularly holds exhibitions of contemporary art, which is not yet a popular form of art in Vietnam. The current show by Truong Thien is called ‘Plastic Bags’. For those of us for who the words ‘plastic bag’ mean disposable carrier bag, the title suggested environmental commentary. Not the case. Too bad – in a city … [Read more...]

Red scars and blue dust. Deodorant-free installation art.

From: Cristina Nualart Posted on 25 June 2012 The world’s landfills have been dusted with the discarded union jacks that briefly saluted the Queen of England’s jubilee last fortnight. This week the red and blue colours continue to make waves in Saigon, dominating two major art galleries. Two Vietnamese women artists, neither of them from this city, put on show two distinctive art installations, one red, one blue. Craig Thomas Gallery, veering from it’s preference for showing … [Read more...]

Ha Noi artist Dinh Y Nhi asks passionate questions (November 17, 2003)

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Lady in red: The Inner World of Dinh Y Nhi No. 16 … [Read more...]

Fusing old and new: Bui Huu Hung’s lacquer paintings

Recollection introduces the artist's new works centred on the common theme of … [Read more...]