Notable Upcoming Art Exhibitions in Hanoi & HCMC9 October 2018
HCMC – Solo Exhibition “lamina | ink” by Kenny Ng
From September 28 to November 18, be sure to visit the Factory Contemporary Arts Center in HCMC for Kenny Ng’s first solo exhibition. Titled ‘lamina|ink’, it showcases a series of abstract characters, inspired by the diverse shapes and forms of mysterious deep sea organisms, combined with colonial and old temple architecture of Ho Chi Minh City. The architectural lines of these drawings tell a story of history and culture, both familiar and strange to Kenny, a young artist who returned to Vietnam in 2015, after 7 years of studying and living abroad.
Throughout his university years, Kenny’s practice centered on printmaking and book-making, requiring the combination of many different types of material, especially paper. His love for paper, especially those originating from East Asia such as the Vietnamese giấy dó or the Japanese kitaka, stems from their thinness and uncanny ability to absorb ink. On the surface of his artworks in ‘lamina|ink’, one can easily see the appearance of funerary gold (used in offerings) bought from Thai Nguyen (his mother’s hometown), as a link to his roots. For Kenny, this type of paper passed down through the generations from mother to son, from son to artwork, creates a parent-child thread linking Kenny with the organisms he paints.
Soon after returning to Vietnam he began travelling around South East Asia, observing and taking note of typical motifs in the design and construction of temple domes, or the pillars and ventilation bricks of colonial buildings. Many of the structures that he visited are no longer in their original condition (ie. destroyed or badly renovated), such as the Binh An People’s cemetery (Binh Duong), Giac Vien temple (Sai Gon), Kien Trung Palace (Hue), Ta Prohm (Siem Reap) to name a few. With sensitivity and nostalgia, Kenny transforms these architectural layers as ‘skin’ for different imaginary creatures who ‘live’ or ‘hide’ beneath the evidence of time – an architectural landscape embodying differing history and social upheaval – similar to the way we live in Vietnamese society after many years of colonial influences.
For adults: 35,000VND
For students: 25,000VND (with appropriate student ID)
For children under 16: free (with appropriate ID)
There is no entrance fee applied on the opening night.
Hanoi: Exhibition “Rethink” – Art from Trash
RETHINK, an exhibition showcasing the work of Australia a multi-disciplinary artist Bianca Hoffrichter and 15 Vietnamese pupils was opened on Thursday, 20 September 2018. This exhibition is open until 30 September at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.
The exhibition brings into focus discussion around how we use plastics in our everyday life, and hopes to spark conversation around environmental shifts within this issue. Exhibited artworks explore the materiality of plastic itself, its likeness to fabric and paper, but also bring a positive, beautiful perspective on what would have been trash. Main pieces of the exhibition also speak to our current fast fashion industry, which contributes to pollution across the world.
Inspiration for Bianca’s artworks is her exploration of collections at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, as well as the historical artefacts at the Muong Museum. “There is a lot of great possibility in connecting with the traditional practices of the ethnic tribes in Vietnam, and the First Nation People in Australia, who lived far more sustainably with the land. I think we have so much to learn from every culture, and with a collective knowledge we can help solve this issue.” Bianca said in her statement.
In the lead up to this exhibition, Bianca conducted a painting and embroidering on plastic workshop with pupils from a range of schools in Hanoi. They were also asked to take their own photos to document plastics in their everyday life. The workshop is expected to make our young citizens rethink the way they use plastic products and be more creative in re-using them.
The exhibition is free to enter.