Artist creates collage of national culture and history

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Hanoi artist Ha Manh Thang is inspired by the changing elements of culture, society and the moving history of Vietnam.

His latest exhibition titled "Not Memory" opened on Saturday at the Bui Gallery.

The gallery describes the 11 pieces in this exhibition as a maturation of his earlier work, in which the artist reinterprets and collages together old photographs of Vietnam, well-known brands and images from daily life.

Using a variety of painting techniques, the artist has been able to add another dimension to his work, a combination of people's history, memory and identity with the current consumer and pop culture.

Thang himself has written that "Not Memory" invokes all of his feelings: happiness, sadness, anger and even boredom. "We look at all the images belonging to the past, should we place them in a new context or try to explore the truth of history?"

Thang was born in 1980 in Thai Nguyen Province and graduated from the Hanoi University of Fine Arts in 2004.

Bui Gallery is located at 23 Ngo Van So Street, Hoan Kiem District. The exhibition runs until May 3, opening 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

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