Opening: Fri 07 Jun 2019, 6 pm
Exhibition: 07 Jun – 05 Jul 2019, 8 am – 10.30 pm
Performance “Water” on the 2nd floor: 7 – 11 Jun 2019, 7 pm
Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi
Manzi Art Space is pleased to present ‘Another Crossing” – a solo exhibition by Bảo Vương, a French-Vietnamese artist based in Saigon.
‘Another Crossing’ features Bao’s latest series of paintings and a five-day performance which will be held on the 2nd floor of Manzi Art Space.
Born in Vietnam by the end of the 1970’s, Bao Vuong’s family fled from Vietnam when he was one-year-old on a boat like thousands of boat people leaving the country in this period of time.
The series of paintings in ANOTHER CROSSING is a projection of the nights in the open seas spent out by his family on the run, the same nights that hundreds of thousands of refugees have lived through the centuries and still know each day. Forsaken in the dark, without no a clue. Darkness increases imminent death and swallows those that have sacrificed and lost everything worth living. Black paint awakens fears associated with the exile, while reflections of light on the paint strokes represent shimmers of hope that give birth to a survival instinct, echoing the promise for a better world.
The performance piece by Bao Vuong in the exhibition entitled “Nước”/Water is a creation of a graphic work in situ, which will start on the first day of the exhibition and will end four days later.
Five days locked, deprived of contact, without food, relying only on the goodwill of the sky to hydrate. It will be a kind of long invocation, an ultimate test, to remember, to be closer to the memory of his parents, and the two hundred people with whom they shared a boat, of their suffering, those of all the boat people and all the migrants. It is for him a necessity, an extreme act to understand, to relive and question, to alert, and to create.
ANOTHER CROSSING opens on 7 June and continues till 5 July. The performance starts at 7.00PM, 7 June and ends on 11 June. The whole performance will be broadcast live on Manzi’s Facebook page: facebook.com/manzihanoi
Bao was born in Vietnam shortly after the war and his family fled the country when he was just one year old and they made their way to France via Malaysia, which is where Bao grew up. He received his BA from the Fine Art School of Toulon and the Art School of Avignon in France. In his early thirties he returned to Vietnam and today works as a visual artist in Ho Chi Minh City.
For his work he uses a variety of mediums including Vietnamese cultural and religious symbolism expressed by way of drawing, photography, video, sculpture, painting and collages that incorporate with found objects.
He employs the characteristics of light and transparency of materials including Plexiglas, glass and ink to show the relationship of distance and remembering.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Through memories’ – l’ESPACE, Institute of France, Hanoi (2016) and ‘Ngu Cho Nó Bay’ – Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City (2017).
Communications partners: Hanoi Grapevine
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14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi
Tel: (024) 3716 3397
Opening hours: 8 am – 10.30 pm everyday