Two Vietnamese artists are going to showcase their work at Singapore Biennale 2019, an international contemporary art exhibition taking place from 22 November 2019 to 22 March 2020 in Singapore.
Artworks by Le Quang Ha and Ngoc Nau will be both displayed at the National Gallery Singapore, one of the 12 venues of the biennale.
Le Quang Ha’s “Gilded Age” is a mixed media installation inspired by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner’s 1873 satirical novel about greed and corruption. An array of sculptures and paintings bearing titles such as Animals Farm and Dear Leader greets the visitor, in a presentation that poses questions about power and control, leadership and authority.
Ngoc Nau experiments with holograms and augmented reality, combining them with her interest in contemporary Vietnamese culture. ‘Deep in the Forest, a Night Song’ is a long-term research project in which the artist explores the len dong ritual, or spiritual mediumship, in her birthplace of the Thái Nguyên province.
Singapore Biennale returns this year for its 6th edition, with 77 artists and art collectives from Singapore, Southeast Asia and around the world.
Titled “Every Step in the Right Direction”, the international contemporary art exhibition invites participation through the act of artistic exploration, drawing on the importance of making choices and taking steps to consider current conditions and the human endeavour for change.
About the Vietnamese artists of SB2019:
Le Quang Ha (b. 1963, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a painter and sculptor. Employing satire and surrealism, Le’s practice questions the status quo and attempts to create a discourse on the tensions between tradition and modern values in contemporary Vietnam. He has exhibited widely both locally and abroad, in Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland and USA, amongst others. His works are in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. He lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ngoc Nau (Nguyen Hong Ngoc) (b. 1989, Thai Nguyen, Vietnam) is a multi-media artist. Her work spans moving image to video projection, hologram projection, augmented reality and collage photography. Ngoc Nau has participated in exhibitions and art projects in various countries. These include: ‘Asian Diva: The Muse and The Monster’ in Seoul Museum of Art (Korea, 2017), ‘Siggraph Asia’ (Japan, 2015) and ‘Art Together with the Town’ at the Koganecho Bazaar, Japan. She graduated from Vietnam Fine Art University, majoring in Art History and Criticism. She lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.