Opening: Sat 02 Jun 2018, 6 pm
Exhibition: 02 – 30 Jun 2018
Manzi Art Space
Manzi Art Space is proud to present ‘Calculus Exercise #6/5” – a solo exhibition by Nguyen Huy An, one of the most important contemporary artists in Vietnam today.
Known for his quiet, powerful paintings, installations and performance pieces, Huy An’s practice tends towards a minimal way of expression, using dark materials sourced from everyday life with an association to memories and personal experiences.
In this exhibition, Huy An shows small, simple, serene and poetic paintings on Dó paper portraying iconic rural sceneries alongside a continuation of his intriguing experimentation with conceptual writings.
Inspired by landscapes or historical relics in the North of Vietnam like Tản Viên Mountain or Hoàn Kiếm Lake or Phủ Giày and by lingering memories and symbols associated with countryside folktales, like the betel nut, spinach fences, the shadow of a buffalo or a village hall, originating from the Red River Delta, Huy An’s conceptual texts work as a visual archive of his memories and histories that relate to the social and political context of Northern Vietnam.
The vague, hopeless yet unquestionably determined acts described with every single sentence manifests the artist’s nostalgia for the old days as well as a melancholic irony as a response to the fast change of the country.
The exhibition is an intricate poetic journey where the artist himself wanders through time and space and the past and the present, while delving into the culture and history of Vietnam.
“Calculus Exercise #6/5” is Huy An’s 2nd solo exhibition since 78 Rhythms – his first solo show at Galerie Quynh in Saigon in 2014.
The exhibition is part of Manzi’s art programme supported by the Danish Embassy
About Nguyễn Huy An
Born in 1982 in Hanoi and graduated from the Fine Art University in 2008, Nguyen Huy An is considered the most dynamic and innovative artists of his generation. Huy An’s work has been a process of trying to dig into the darkness of psychology. Most of these projects have been underlaid with an obsession with memory, with the complexities of a pessimistic perspective. From installations, performance art to paintings and sculptures, Huy An’s works are highly acclaimed by international art critics and curators for their introspective, simple and strong concepts.
Huy An has participated in a number of exhibitions and performance art festivals including 78 rhythms, Galerie Quynh, Vietnam (2014); Disrupted Choreographies, Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nimes, France (2014); If The World Changed, Singapore Biennale (2013); Sounds of dust (somniloquy), 943 Studio Kunming, China (2011). He lives and works in Hanoi.
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