HCMC – Exhibition “Singing to the Choir?” & “Silent Intimacy”

HCMC – Exhibition “Singing to the Choir?” & “Silent Intimacy”

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Opening: Fri 08 Nov 2019, 6 pm
Exhibition: 08 Nov 2019 – 19 Jan 2020, Tue – Sun, 10 am – 7 pm
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC

From the organizer:

You are invited to two new exhibitions: ‘Singing to the Choir?’, a group exhibition by Phan Anh, Trần Minh Đức, and Ngọc Nâu; along with ‘Silent Intimacy’, a solo exhibition by Đặng Thuỳ Anh.

‘Singing to the choir?’ is an adaptation of a colloquial phrase that imagines a scene where an impassioned individual seeks to convince his audience, through song, of their need to believe in his ideas, yet they already appear to do so (evidenced in their reciting of his lyrics, of their body gestures in unison with his ceremonial aplomb). However he appears blind to their actions, and thus continues to sing – does he not believe them? Does habitual behavior, in the practice of a belief, reflect genuine understanding of purpose? Is it, (or perhaps why is it), necessary for beliefs to be collectively performed? This group exhibition, titled ‘Singing to the choir?’ metaphorically ponders on this aforementioned scene, though from the three distinctly different artistic perspectives of Phan Anh, Trần Minh Đức and Ngọc Nâu, each presenting their own reflections on humanity’s demonstrated attachment of purpose to an intangible realm justifying the meaning of life.

’Silent Intimacy’ is Đặng Thùy Anh’s first solo exhibition in her artistic endeavor with apple snails, contemplatively dubbed with the impact of urbanization on human life. Apple snails are amphibious creatures first introduced to Vietnamese farmers in the 1980s to increase nutrition in feed for domestic animals. As a consequence of the rapid growth of the apple snail, the population of local snails drastically suffered, subsequently damaging crops, eventually causing a nation-wide call for the apple snail to be destroyed in the Vietnamese landscape. In this exhibition, apple snails are, again, a foreign (art) ‘object’, one that is living and constantly evolving, thus resisting any expectations for artworks to be static or pleasant-looking. Intrigued by the reckless evolution and also absurd yet lyrical presence of these mollusks, Thùy Anh finds them a perfect mirror for human beings in their ominous drive to growth, but also to death.


For adults: 50,000VND
For students: 40,000VND (with appropriate student ID)
For children under 12: free (with appropriate ID)

There is no entrance fee applied on the opening night.

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC
Opening hours of Exhibition Centre: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm (closed on Monday)


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