Photologue | Probing the New: Open Edit and More in Ho Chi Minh City

This trip was made on the occasion of AAA’s Open Edit: Mobile Library tour to its first destination, Ho Chi Minh City. Co-presented and hosted by Sàn Art, an independent exhibition space and reading room, Open Edit was held from 24 February to 9 April. As the first interactive archive project to travel to Vietnam, where access to contemporary art material is very limited, the project attracted a wide spectrum of visitors, ranging from local artists, university students, art lovers, and foreign visitors, to teachers, and families with children.

Other experimental initiatives currently happening in the city include a selection of work from the Post Vidai collection, a private art collection established in 1994 that focuses on the post Doi Moi generation of artists, exhibited for the first time from 8 April onwards at the residence of the collectors, Saigon Domaine. Also, the ‘Mise-en-scene’ exhibition at Galerie Quynh was on view from 25 March to 7 April, presenting the work of seven artists who use elements of theatricality and performance to subvert established narratives and challenge existing stereotypes. Independent contemporary art spaces such as dia/projects and ZeroStation are also examples of individuals’ efforts to create space for ideas and discussion, much needed in Vietnam, where government censorship on artistic expression is still an issue.



Linda LEE, 李綺華

Sun, 1 May 2011

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