Opening: Thu 13 Aug 2015, 6 pm
Exhibition: 14 – 30 Aug 2015, 9 am – 7 pm
From Goethe Institut:
“I remember 8m² was a standard, a minimum requirement of living space for one person during the subsidized economy. Nowadays, after half a century struggling, many people still have to toss and turn in that 8m² space, but it is not 8m² for just one person, at times it is 8m² for 8 people…”
In his photo installation “8m²”, artist Nguyen The Son addresses the individual consequences of the progressing industrialization in Vietnam. People who move to the city in quest of work and often live there in the smallest spaces under severe conditions for years. The project documents the small corners of these living environments and gives the workers a voice by incorporating their personal belongings into the artwork.
The installation was shown for the first time within the exhibition Green Journey for Vietnam at the University of Fine Arts in Vietnam. The Goethe-Institut is pleased to present the project now as solo exhibition and in an extended version.
After completing his studies in Chinese language and fine arts, Nguyen The Son worked at the University of Fine Arts before he graduated in Photography at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Since 2012, the artist has been working as a lecturer at the University of Fine Arts Vietnam and has been represented in many group and solo exhibitions. His latest project “Hanoi – a living museum” combines past memories of the city with the changing rhythm of the present. Take a virtual tour around the exhibition here.
The installation was curated by visual artist Tran Luong, who was born in 1960 in Hanoi and who graduated 1983 at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts. Since that time he had many exhibitions all over the world, like Japan, Australia, the USA and Germany.
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