Tammy Nguyen’s inspired reinvention of the myth of Narcissus occupies a world apart from Ha Ninh Pham’s slightly demented vision of a parallel universe.
In Vietnam, networks of artist friends have built thriving communities of discourse and collaboration outside official structures.
HO CHI MINH CITY — At times the downtown here can appear as one great, big construction site — gleaming Chanel storefronts arise around the corner from propaganda posters.
In early April, a disturbing sight appeared on the central Vietnamese coast.
What started as a series of unexpected visits from Vietnam’s Cultural Police has left one of Southeast Asia’s most respected artist residency programs temporarily stalled.
HANOI, Vietnam — The “Hanoi Hilton” is the sarcastic nickname bestowed by US prisoners of war on the Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, formerly North Vietnam.
For the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, artist Matt Huynh — the son of Vietnamese boat people — adapted the award-winning story “The Boat” into an interactive comic.
Vietnamese contemporary art has received a fair amount of press recently and that’s a good thing. However, most Vietnamese artists who are reviewed either studied abroad or have had the opportunity to travel abroad, or grew up outside of Vietnam before returning home.
HO CHI MINH CITY — Galerie Quynh’s current exhibition, The Cosmos and the Sea, features new work by Los Angeles–based artist Christine Nguyen. Her large drawings and photographs provoke a vibrant imagined landscape of geometric forms and ephemeral figures.
HO CHI MINH, Vietnam — The exhibition Come to [What] End? tackles big questions in the way that art does best.
HANOI — On a recent visit, I asked everyone I met who was remotely involved in Hanoi’s contemporary art scene what the must-see experimental spaces were. Nhà Sàn Collective topped almost every list.
HUE, Vietnam — Brothers Thanh and Hai Le are at the center of the contemporary art scene in Hue, the Imperial City, located on the coast midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. They have a frenetic and positive energy, and everyone in Hue seems to know who they are. They have relationships with established artists in Hue, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as with young students and artists who have just completed their studies. I learned about them from the artist Morgan O’Hara and contacted them because I planned to travel to Vietnam. They invited me to stay at their residency at the New Space Arts Foundation.