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Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

An artwork by Lieu Nguyen that will be on display at Pho Ben Doi art show - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER


The third Pho Ben Doi (Hillside Town) art show with the theme “Relive the time” will take place at Cau Dat Farm in Dalat City from December 8, 2018 to March 2019.

The event aims at raising awareness of architectural heritage preservation, proper urban and landscape planning, promoting a green and healthy environment, and allowing for the sustainable development of the city. This is achieved collectively with the participation of all community members who share the same values through the universal language of art.

More than 125 artworks by some 50 artists will be on display.

Tickets are from VND290,000 per person. The event is free for children under 1 meter tall.

“We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

“We’re in this, together” is the inaugural edition of “Pollination”, a program driven by the need to create critically active and supportive artist-curator-community networks within Southeast Asia - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in District 2 of HCMC will on December 14 open “We’re in this, together”, the first edition of “Pollination”, a program driven by the need to create active and supportive artist-curator-community networks within Southeast Asia.

Initiated by The Factory, this inaugural edition is co-developed and co-sponsored by SAM Fund for Arts and Ecology from Indonesia, according to The Factory’s website. 

Over the last 10 months, curators Grace Samboh from Indonesia and Bill Nguyen from Vietnam have been learning each others’ contexts and passions, respectively selecting artists Julia Sarisetiati (Indonesia) and Vicky Do (Vietnam) as their artist conspirators for the exhibition.

The exhibition attempts to unravel how Sari and Vicky locate and immerse themselves into their surroundings. Rethinking how artists can be both subjects and objects, Sari and Vicky reflect on their practice as authors by assessing particular situations and their conditions, with a mutual hope to question and transcend geographical and social limits and expectations.

Sari’s project began when she was working abroad in Korea, where she met fellow Indonesians. Considered low-skilled in the context of the Indonesian workforce, inadequate and ill-equipped for promotion, these migrant workers in fact stand at the crossroads of change, between their previous way of structuring their identity, life and community; and a new one which they have yet to decide and design.

Through photography, silkscreen prints, video installation and archival materials, Sari builds various kinds of relationships with these migrant workers. Within this bond, they together try to navigate living situations, working conditions, and the role of government in their lives.

Meanwhile, Vicky’s project begins with the neighborhood she resides, District 4 of HCMC. Notoriously known for its history of violent crimes and social vices, District 4 was once neglected and itself deemed a malady of the city, sheltering the underbelly of society. It has now become a hotspot for property development, undergoing vast-scale structural change.

A juxtaposition of a gloomy past and a seemingly illuminating present, mixed with extreme poverty and extreme wealth, the district embodies an urban reality commonly found in various Asian megacities, where issues of social inequality, segregation and displacement are becoming more pronounced than ever before.

Inspired by the characteristics and inhabitants of District 4, Vicky employs the language of video art, installation, sculpture and story-telling, blurring the representational boundaries between personal and collective memories, fact and fiction. Digging variously as both a part-taker and an observer, an insider and an outcast, she questions what it means to feel a belonging towards a location and community; how a home can be a place for both the one and the many.

Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

“H’Mong girl” by Nguyen Quang Huy - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER


“an everyday day”, a solo exhibition of new work by Hanoi-based artist Nguyen Quang Huy, will open at Galerie Quynh in District 1 of HCMC on December 6, featuring oil paintings depicting H’Mong women and misty mountainscapes.

Acclaimed for his versatile practice including video and installation, Huy focuses only on painting for this show – a medium that has remained central to his practice for over two decades.

Much of the artist’s work is inspired by the northern highlands of Vietnam, which he began to visit during his days at the Hanoi Fine Art University with one of his professors who lead yearly excursions to the mountains.

Since graduating in 1996, Huy has continued to visit the mountainous area every year, where he photographs the winding roads disappearing into the fog and H’Mong women who walk on those roads wearing traditional dress with massive burdens upon their backs.

Dissatisfied with traditional photorealism, Huy developed his own unique voice as a painter, characterized by the use of intentional blurring and a minimal and monochromatic color scheme.

Influenced by Buddhist philosophy and the animistic worldview of the H'Mong minority ethnic group, which believe that there are spirits inhabiting in all animals, plants, rocks and places, Huy sees both his landscapes and his portraits as representations of living registers upon which the history of the people and the land are imprinted, if not visible to the naked eye.

The exhibition title is inspired by Quang Huy’s poem “Gap” (Meet), a collection of poignant memories recounted like a chant or a prayer, and a zen-like meditation on the encounters between men and women, mountains and mist.

Nguyen Quang Huy belongs to the first generation of experimental Vietnamese artists. He has exhibited extensively since the 90s, with solo exhibitions in Vietnam, France, the UK and Germany and numerous group shows in Asia, the U.S., Australia and Europe, according to Galerie Quynh’s website. 

Quang Huy’s works can be found in international collections such as the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan, Andaman Cultural Study Center in Thailand, and Post-Vi Dai Collection in HCMC and Geneva.

“an everyday day” will run until the end of January 2019. There will also be a talk with Nguyen Quang Huy from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 7.

Brazilian artist to hold workshop on creativity in Hanoi

Brazilian artist Elian Evelozo will hold a workshop titled “Serendipity – Discover Creativity” at Heritage Space in Hanoi on December 6.

Through the theme “Serendipity”, which means an unexpected discovery, the workshop will help participants find their ways of developing the minds to face the day by day challenges on working with creativity. The event, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is for anyone wanting to look for paths through creative sparks.

In the first section, Elian Evelozo will present and talk about her Open Password Project in Vietnam and introduce the White Dream – Trilogy book.

Participants will then be invited to introduce themselves and take part in creative and interactive activities.

Elian Evelozo is Master of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the U.S., and has Undergraduate in Visual Communication – Design at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, according to Heritage Space.

She is an art producer and curator, having made a few CDs of Brazilian popular music and participated in some collective art projects. She has had two books published namely “White Dream – Trilogy” and “Times of Time”.

Elian Evelozo has experienced on teaching photography, art, ecology, history and aesthetics of photography, and has made Art Residencies for the “Open Password Project” in Portugal, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and Cuba.

Attendance fee is VND50,000 per person. Each participant is asked to bring a small stone that fits in one’s hand.

Heritage Space is a space for creativity, enjoyment and aims at new values in arts and cultural scene in Vietnam. With an area of ??nearly 1,000 square meters located on the first floor of Dolphin Plaza Building, the venue includes gallery, library, mini stage, multipurpose room and office.


Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

“Second Opinion” will open at Manzi Art Space this Friday, December 7 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER


Manzi Art Space, in collaboration with Hanoi Doclab, will organize “Second Opinion”, a group photography exhibition featuring works by Nguyen Thi Hue, Ha Dao, Hanh Tran, Viet Vu, Le Xuan Tien, Nguyen Duc Huy, and Mai Pham from December 7, 2018 to January 7, 2019.

The different series of photos introduced in this exhibition were created during a long-term workshop experience at Hanoi DocLab in 2017. Each of the photographers took photos of a public or private landscape that held meaning for them. The projects were developed out of group critique sessions with participants sharing their works-in-progress with the others. It was a highly supportive, nurturing and ultimately collaborative effort.

“Second Opinion” is the results of that process. “The curators of this exhibition came through the workshop and have seen all the portfolios developed from the beginning; they know the difficulty and the processes intimately and have brought them to this realization on the wall before you,” said Jamie Maxtone-Graham, an American photographer who is now living and working in Hanoi, and a partner of Manzi.

This is the second group exhibition of DocLab’s photography work. The first, in 2013, was called “Autopsy of Days”, a title suggesting a kind of clinical examination, a post-mortem by the photographers in examining their own lives, their own time within their own city of Hanoi.

The exhibition is part of Manzi’s Art Program supported by the Embassy of Denmark.

Italian Cuisine Week celebrated in HCM City

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

Italian Cuisine Week is being celebrated in HCM City to introduce the cultural values of the European nation. 



Italian Cuisine Week is being celebrated in HCM City to introduce the cultural values of the European nation.

Organised by the Italian consulate in the city and to run until November 29, the event includes Italian chefs, food tasting and dinners, cultural events, conferences, and commercial promotion programmes.

It began with the “Learning by Eating the Italian Way” seminar on November 16. The “Triple I Conversation on the Theme of Food Business” seminar will be held at the consulate on November 23, and the “Borsa Vini” exhibition at The Reverie Saigon hotel on November 26.

Many thematic dinners are planned in collaboration with restaurants and hotels in the city like Namo Tuscan Grill, Bamboo Chic Restaurant, The Reverie Saigon’s Romeo and Juliet Restaurant, and the Park Hyatt Saigon.

The event is part of the International Italian Cuisine Week world-wide to introduce the excellence of Italian cuisine, promote the positive effects of the Mediterranean diet on human health and show Italians’ culinary traditions as an essential part of life and a source of inspiration for art and literature.

L’Espace to hold workshop on sign language

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

The cover of the book “150 Fun and Practical Signs to Promote the Adult-Child Relationship” by Christine Nougarolles and Anaïs Galon - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER


The French cultural center L’Espace in Hanoi will hold a “Sign language: The secret to communication with babies” workshop on the occasion of the launch of the book “150 Fun and Practical Signs to Promote the Adult-Child Relationship” by Christine Nougarolles and Anaïs Galon.

The workshop will take place next Saturday, December 8, starting at 4 p.m. with free entrance.

Guest speakers include journalist and holder of a Ph.D degree in Language Studies Ha Viet Anh, CEO and founder of Baby Hub Nguyen Minh Tu, and co-founder of Baby Hub Vu Minh Nguyet.

The workshop will help parents learn about baby-friendly sign language, which allows them and their children to communicate differently while waiting for the children to learn to speak.

Conceived as an aid to parenthood, the workshop stresses the importance of parents’ skills in communicating with their children when they are yet able to speak. The relationship between the child and his/her parents will become easier, and frustration will naturally subside.

HCMC holds traditional musical instruments performance competition

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC

Two artists play the bamboo flute - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE HCMC CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC



The HCMC Conservatory of Music is organizing the first Traditional Vietnamese Musical Instruments Performing Competition to honor, promote, and preserve the country’s traditional music.

Nearly 90 contestants from across the country are competing in six categories including 16-chord zither, monochord, moon lute, bamboo flute, two-chord fiddle, and concave-fret guitar.

In conjunction with the competition, the HCMC Conservatory of Music is hosting the International Traditional Music Festival featuring nearly 60 artists from Vietnam and 10 other countries and territories such as Japan, South Korea, the U.S., Taiwan, and Poland.

The artists are holding a number of concerts as well as master classes and workshops to introduce their traditional music and musical instruments and teach participants to play them.

Manzi Art Space to host group photo exhibition “Second Opinion”, Galerie Quynh to open “an everyday day” exhibition, Pho Ben Doi art show to be held in Dalat, “We’re in this, together” exhibition scheduled for mid December in HCMC
 
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