Opening: Wed 26 Jun, 6.30 pm
Exhibition: 27 Jun – 21 Jul 2013, 9 am – 7 pm
From Goethe Institut:
The word ‘autopsy’ derives from the Greek word autopsia meaning ‘to see for oneself’.
The fifteen Vietnamese photographers whose recent work is exhibited here are showing us intimately and through small, personal dissections of their own lives and interests what they have seen for themselves. These are forensic self-investigations, observing from the inside the state the individual. This is an inexact science but in it much is to be seen and more to be learned through careful examination.
Photo exhibition of artists: Nguyễn Lan Anh / Khổng Việt Bách / Trương Quế Chi / Nông Mạnh Cường / Bình Đặng / Tạ Minh Đức / Nguyễn Hoàng Giang / Trương Minh Giang / Đỗ Tường Linh/ Nguyễn Hoàng Nam / Nguyễn Thanh Nga / Nguyễn Hồng Ngọc / Phạm Mai Phương / Nguyễn Thủy Tiên / Chu Hà Thanh
Curated by Jamie Maxtone-Graham
In March 2013, Hanoi DocLab began an intensive, nearly 3-month long photography workshop focusing on a personal approach both to making photographs and the individual act of looking, of ‘seeing for oneself’. These photographers met twice weekly for more than two months, engaged in research, visual exercises and presentation of both personal work and research – all designed to encourage a re-evaluation of their individual relationship to photography and the act of seeing in all its simplicity and complexity.
It would be wrong to think of this photography as the work of students. Most are in fact amateurs – making photographs for the love that the word implies – with professions in other areas. But the images presented here are actually the photographic work of early-career artists. It is work produced with commitment and care, with intelligence and imagination, with an understanding of ones place in both social and artistic history.
It is one job of the artist to show society things it may not always be comfortable to observe about itself. But society must follow and, as the artist has, must see for itself. In that simple act of looking at what has been seen, we come to determine our own pathology, our own experience.”
Jamie Maxtone-Graham has a professional background of more than 20 years in commercial and narrative cinematography. His filmography includes independent films, mainstream feature films, episodic television and advertising. He worked as a Director of Photography both New York and Los Angeles before coming to Vietnam in 2007-08 with a Fulbright research Grant from the US State Department.
Still living in Hanoi, he continues to shoot films and also produced films, such as the award-winning documentary. Besides he conducts workshops for young Vietnamese artists and curates exhibitions. His own photography had been exhibited in Asia (Hanoi, Bangkok) as well as in Europe (England, Netherlands, France) and had been published in various magazines as burn Magazine, Trans Asia Photography Review, Culture Hall, Invisible Ph t grapher Asia, Photography And Culture, and tiny vices.
See some of the photos below:
The workshop was held by Hanoi DocLab’s ImageLab training project, sponsored by The Cultural Development and Exchange Fund – Embassy of Denmark (CDEF). The exhibition received additional support from Goethe Institut Vietnam.
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