Opening: 01 Aug 2018, 6.30 pm
Exhibition: 02 – 11 Aug 2018
685/30/59a Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Ward 28, Dist Binh Thanh, HCMC
From the organizer:
You are invited to solo exhibition “museum of the mind” by Phan Anh.
This half-real-half-fictional museum presents the artist’s personal archive of the memories from his late grandmother. Found objects or artifacts (collective memories) are metamorphosed (into personal memories) to reflect the identities of two individuals whose beliefs/ideologies are influenced by differing geographical and historical contexts – in which, the mind and compassion of the humankind are the shared heirloom being inherited and continued. The repetition of images and human behaviors are intentionally observed, documented, and reconstructed, not only to replicate history, but also to pose questions or, in a way, re-identify the given objects and phenomena.
“museum of the mind” happens in a residential space that has lost its function – a space in which the artists and his companions have reconditioned in an attempt to challenge the definition of a museum per se. With regard to the artist’s current practice, the act of reinventing existing artifacts and structures is also considered a process, in which new media for his personal archive are formed – an archival practice that suggests various questions on identities and functions of objective matters, as well as contemplation on societal faith in such ‘apparent’ objectivity.
Phan Anh is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vietnam. By working with multiple media, he experiments possible outcomes when the four elements – research, materials, space and artistic experience – interact. Phan Anh has participated in several experimental projects such as IMPAKT Festival (The Netherlands) and Venice Biennale 2015’s Research Pavilion (Italy). He is currently co-curating Đường Chạy with Vicky Do.
This exhibition is curated by Tuong Linh Do and Phan Anh.
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