French-Vietnamese artist exhibits Old Hanoi collection in Paris

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A set of old, wooden table and chairs used by Hanoian people in the past is on display at Vietnam Culture Center in Paris.

Vietnamese-French artist Vuong Pat Cam's collection of photographs, paintings and installations featuring Hanoi's Old Quarter is on display at the Vietnam Culture Center in Paris until May 4.

The exhibition includes 20 silk paintings and 30 color and black and white photos of Vietnam's capital taken several years ago. Some of the works also portray Hanoi at present.

The works reveal the daily lives of the people who call Hanoi's Old Quarter home. Most of Hanoi's 36 traditional trade streets are featured, including Hang Muoi (Salt Street), Hang Manh (Curtain Street), and Hang Bac (Silver Street).

The installations include a miniature model of Turtle Tower, located on an island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake). The lake is made of several pieces of glass.

The event's opening day on April 14 featured traditional Vietnamese dances, songs,
and poetry, performed by Vietnamese students living in France.

Pat Cam, 50, settled in France several years ago.

The show is Pat Cam's second solo exhibition at the center.

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