”Love and Desire”: A Reunion Show

”Love and Desire”: A Reunion Show

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Opening: Sat 28 Jul 2018, 6 pm
Exhibition: 29 Jul – 12 Aug 2018, 8 am – 11 pm
Puppets Cafe
27/189 Giang Vo, Hanoi

From the organizer:

You are invited to “Love and Desire”: A Reunion Show.

Featuring:
Lê Xuân-Phong
Maai Faam
Nguyen Uyen Minh
Quynh Lam
Đỗ Mạnh Cường
Hoang Nguyen
Nam Nghiem
Hoàng Minh Trang

Introduction from Singaporean photographer Zhuang Wubin:

Since 2013, I have conducted four photo project workshops in Vietnam. ZeroStation in HCMC is the host of the 2013 and 2014 workshops. The Heritage Space in Hanoi is the host for the 2017 and 2018 iterations. Over the years, while I have tweaked the format of the workshops, the structure remains fairly intact. The intent is to bring the workshop participants through the process of proposing a project, conceptualising the shoot, executing the work and editing the outcome. The workshop runs for around a week, with a critique session built into the programme. In the recent editions in Hanoi, the editing class has become a two-day session, which concludes the project workshop.

Over the years, many of the workshop participants have kept in touch with me and amongst themselves. A loose informal community has taken shape without any planning. When Nguyen Anh-Tuan offered me the chance to mount a show at Puppets Cafe, Hanoi, for the workshop participants, I find it hard to say no. This is the right time to take stock – to evaluate how some of them have developed their art making and to encourage them to persist in using photography as a means of investigation.

The selection of participants to exhibit in this show is a difficult one. It is obvious that I cannot include the works of all the participants. To those whom I have not selected, I feel apologetic. But I should add that the works we see in this space bear the imprint of all the participants because these featured projects have resulted from the critique and suggestions from everyone involved. This is important to note.

On the theme of this exhibition, I wish to highlight the centrality of desire in art making. Without desire, it will be impossible to make compelling work. Without the temptation of desires, there will not be risks taken, boundaries crossed. Without desire, the work loses its intimacy. In this way, desire informs the selected works here. Sometimes, it is desire that drives the photographer to unpack a difficult personal issue. In other cases, it compels the artist to cast an emphatic eye. Sometimes, the work expresses the participant’s desire to be seen and heard. Of course, our desires are entangled within the experiences of love and loss. As such, it is no wonder that many of the featured projects here are informed by impending loss and unspoken love.

I have been organising photo workshops across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong since 2008. I have always maintained that I am more a facilitator, a person who hopes to germinate in the participants the love and desire to use photography to experience the world. I hope the featured artists will not disappoint you.

(June 2018)

Free entry

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