Exhibition “Looking for the Divine Beings”

Exhibition “Looking for the Divine Beings”

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Opening: Fri 14 Apr 2017, 6 pm
Exhibition: 14 – 28 Apr 2017, 3 – 7pm, Wed – Sun
Nha San Collective

From Nha San Collective:

Nhà Sàn Collective would like to invite you to the concluding exhibition in the series CRAFTING HOME. This event is supported by the “Re-designing Craft: The Future is Hand-made” fund of the Prince Claus Fund and G-Star Raw.


Participating artists:
— Nguyễn Huy An
— Nguyễn Đức Phương
— Tạ Minh Đức

A network of rivers embraces Vietnam’s northern midlands and lowlands, yielding a terrain that descends from northwest to southeast. The silt-laden plains formed along these rivers provide favorable conditions for agriculture. Such is the ground on which village clusters were established before they became bustling towns. In the same manner, pre-modern Vietnamese architecture, including private residences, communal houses, religious establishments, etc., was also attuned to fit in with their surroundings. Primarily farmers for whom year-round hardships were the norm, the Vietnamese people of this time venerated their ancestors, tutelary deities, Buddha, and nature – rivers, earth, animals, the tree in front of their house, the earthen stove in their kitchen. In doing so, they voiced their wish for a comfortable life and good weather, hoping that the divine beings and the souls of the bygone would watch over them.

The Vietnamese people’s faith in a spiritual world as well as our relationship to nature have morphed throughout the ages: from the feudal time to the French colonisation, from warring years to the flurry of industrialisation, consumerism and urbanisation. Can the divine beings offer a spiritual therapy of sorts in a modern context such as ours?

Inspired by lingering sceneries, by memories dearly associated with the countryside, by folktales and family fables, Nguyễn Huy An, Nguyễn Đức Phương and Tạ Minh Đức share their ownmost accounts of our time.

Artwork by Nguyen Huy An
Artwork by Nguyen Huy An

About the artists:

Born in 1982 in Hanoi, Nguyễn Huy An is known for his installations and performance art pieces which are serene, minimal, and poetic. His practice delves into the void and the darkness of human psyches. He has participated in important exhibitions in the region such as the Nippon International Performance Art Festival, Singapore Biennale and Istanbul Biennale 2015.

Nguyễn Đức Phương was born in 1982 in Uoc Le village, a village specialised in making giò chả (Vietnamese sausages); hence his other namesake, ‘Phương Giò’. Đức Phương uses natural colors originated from soil or flowers and plants on giấy bản (a traditional handmade paper) in his bright herdsboy-styled paintings, depicting his memory of a long gone Hanoi or of the villages intimate to him.

Born in 1991, Tạ Minh Đức graduated from Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema in 2014. His work questions notions of existence, human relationships, isolation of the individual, latent violence and domination. Recent notable artistic activities include an exhibition at the Japan Foundation for Skylines with Flying People 3. He participated in Autumn Meeting 2016 and won its Short Film of the Future Award.

About Nhà Sàn Collective

Nhà Sàn Collective is dedicated to examining traditional, local and global socio-political contexts and history. We support each other in pushing the boundaries of expression in Vietnam as we seek and nurture other young artists in the community, with or without a physical space.

We open from 3pm to 7pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

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Artwork by Nguyen Duc Phuong
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15th floor, Hanoi Creative City Building, 01 Luong Yen, Hanoi
Website: http://nhasan.org/
Email: [email protected]


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