Vietnamese artists go abroad

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Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai (right) talks with Vietnamese fishermen near Tonle Sap Lake for research as a resident artist in Phnom Penh. Photo courtesy of Hanoi Grapevine

A Vietnamese artist known for focusing on women’s issues is holding an open studio with local women artists in Cambodia March 5 to 20.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai and Cambodian artists Tes Vannorng, Linda Koeut, Sao Sreymao, Sou Sophy, and Khchao Touch are discussing issues and exchanging ideas relevant to their lives through their art.
Mai is currently a resident artist at the Sa Sa Art Projects in Phnom Penh and has been researching a fishing village inhabited by Vietnamese near the Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap Province.
The 31-year-old from the central town of Hue, who graduated from the applied fine arts faculty at the Hue Fine Arts University, has exhibited at many contemporary arts venues in Vietnam. She was a resident artist at South Korean contemporary art studio HIVE and Hue’s New Space Arts Foundation last year.
One of her works, an installation, uses invasive gynecological medical tools to examine the ways men and science perceive the female body.
It was exhibited at the San Art Studio in Ho Chi Minh City 2012.
Her works use many different materials, especially natural ones, to highlight  eterioration over time and indicate the connection between the past and present.
Elsewhere, another contemporary artist, Nguyen Quoc Thanh from Hanoi, has joined 24 foreign artists, including 16 Japanese, at the 17th Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF) Asia in three Japanese cities from March 11 to 22.
NIPAF was founded by a group of Japanese artists in 1993 to create an international network of performance artists. It organizes two festivals each year – NIPAF International and NIPAF Asia.
Participants get to perform not only in traditional indoor art spaces, but also on the street and in fields.

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