Lunchtime talk by Los Angeles-based scholar Nguyễn-Võ Thu-hương and conversation with AAA Researcher Chương-Đài Võ. Both mainstream art history and the global art market typically separate art from craft, relegating the latter to tradition. Nation states rely on these notions of traditional cultural forms to symbolise the nation and promote a tourist economy. This talk focuses on the case of Biên Hoà ceramics in southern Vietnam to think through the complex histories and contemporary fates that defy the separation of art and craft.

The Art of Mixing: Biên Hòa Ceramics and the Question of Craft and Nation, 15 July 2016