Catalogue of solo exhibition by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba at Manchester Art Gallery and Museum of Art Lucerne in 2007 and 2008. The exhibition draws together a selection of the artist’s work and includes a large-scale installation The Globe Project: The Garden of Globes (2007). New works including a film The Ground, The Root, and the Air: The Passing of the Bodhi Tree (2007) and a new specially commissioned print for Manchester are also featured.
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba is probably best known for his mesmerising underwater films depicting divers as they perform a traditional Chinese dragon dance in the sea; as they paint portraits underwater, and local fishermen pulling rickshaws along the seabed.
In these films, as in much of his work, references are frequently made to the artist’s Asian heritage, exploring themes of tradition, cultural identity and the fate of displaced communities. The films are dream-like works which inspire both simple, sensory responses and yet are also permeated by an explicit and dark symbolism.
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