Photos of unused, abandoned objects at an on-going exhibition at San Art
Ho Chi Minh City's leading contemporary art venue San Art is exhibiting experimental work by participants of Vietnam's first home-grown studio program.
"San Art Laboratory Session One", opened October 18, features works by Mami Nguyen Anh Tuan, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai and Truong Cong Tung.
The three artists have just finished studying under San Art's studio/residence program called "San Art Laboratory."
The event is their inaugural exhibition. The three were chosen for the program after a nationwide application process.
Applicants had to write about and discuss their work regularly with a foreign mentor. Three winners, who had to be under 35 years old to be eligible, receives six months of free accommodation and studio space.
Tuan, 30, a graduate of the Hanoi Fine Arts University, is interested in the city's daily life, "particularly in objects forgotten or abandoned in that busy life," according to a press release.
His collection includes a thousand photos of an unused cars, broken cell phones, a mango seed, a tree, and other interpretations of materialism.
Mai, a 29-year-old graduate of the Hue Fine Arts University, modifies gynecologists' equipment to reveal images of women that focus on sexuality and biology.
Tung, 26, who graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, brings videos and sculptures that explore the meaning of time and space.
The artists will have a talk with visitors at 4 p.m., October 20, also at San Art, 3 Me Linh Street, Binh Thanh District.
Entrance to the exhibition is free.
San Art was founded in October 2007 as a non-profit, independent organization by four Vietnamese artists. It is sponsored by Australian couple Nicholas and Angela Curtis from Sydney.
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