A solo exhibition by Nguyen Thu Ha, a contemporary Vietnamese visual artist, opened in Japan's Eikyu Beppu Theater on August 17.
The art installation, themed Steam, is inspired by the tranquility of Beppu city with its renowned onsen (hot springs). Ha has converted an old historical theater at the heart of Beppu into a "steam place" where people can come and enjoy pure calm.
The artist is currently participating in a seven-week residency program in Beppu, Japan through JENESYS, a program funded by the Japan Foundation.
Nguyen Thu Ha is among 20 young and emerging artists and designers from 13 Asia Pacific countries invited by JENESYS to stay in different residency programs and institutions across Japan this year.
The Japan Foundation will then support their process of producing artwork and developing networks with their peers in Japan, in order to seek new forms of exchange and foster mutual understanding.
The exhibition, which is free of charge, will close on September 4.