Young contemporary artists on show at Bui Gallery

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An exhibition featuring reflective contemporary work by four young Hanoian artists titled "Tam Ta" (Pouring) opens in July 16 at Bui Gallery.

The exhibition features works ranging from photographs, sculpture and performance art by Nguyen Van Phuc, Nguyen Tran Nam, Vu Hong Ninh and Nguyen Huy An. The title refers to the challenges and questions that rain down upon young artists in Vietnam, the gallery said.

For 27-year-old Vu Hong Ninh, art has always been a way to address society and community in a "direct interaction," and in his provocative sculptural work called "Soap Boy," viewers are invited to "wash their hands, using whichever part of the sculpture as their soap," according to promotional material released for the event.

Nguyen Van Phuc said his work "Star Lantern" combines his skills as both a painter and an installation artist. Phuc's lantern is not made of ordinary wooden poles but rather of crutches, a strong reminder of "the hidden wounds of history that still eat away at the architecture of contemporary Vietnamese society," according to Bui Gallery's introduction.

The exhibition's curator is Tran Luong, founder of Nha San Studio, a leading contemporary art studio in Hanoi.

There will be an opening reception in July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Bui Gallery, located at 23 Ngo Van So Street, Hanoi.

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