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World’s leading conceptual art artist presents work in VN for first time

HÀ NỘI — For the first time, the public in Việt Nam will be introduced to the works of Japanese female artist Chiharu Shiota, one of the world's leading names in conceptual art.

Her creations are on display at a large-scale installation exhibition taking place at the Vincom Centre for Contemporary Art (VCCA) in Hà Nội.

Entitled A Tide of Emotions, the exhibition features works that the Japanese artist created exclusively for the VCCA space, as a response to the unique, poetic architecture here.

Using red thread – a material characteristic of her artistic practice, and with her hands, she has weaved the threads of life, transforming ordinary, everyday materials into magnificent works of art. Hundreds of thousands of threads are like paths intertwining the past and present, evoking the calligraphy of an ancient and traditional world with thousands of looms.

In her innermost feelings world, Shiota is an alchemist who forges work with the gentle touch of memory, the sanctity of the homeland, silent and profound migrations and the dance between life and death.

A Tide of Emotions is a network of red threads connected to old boats full of history and stories, containing countless metaphors about Việt Nam, where the coastline stretches as far as the eye can see. Photo courtesy of VCCA

In a palette of crimson colours, she discovers the echo of her soul mingling a praise of the warmth of life.

The exhibition A Tide of Emotions is the first event of artist Shiota in Việt Nam that presents a universal message and profound humanistic meaning.

One of the most influential Asian female artists in contemporary art in the world, through decades of adventures in the art world, Shiota has constantly experimented and challenged herself in every creative field, from the ephemeral dance of performance art to the silent reverie of the language of paintings, from the tangible whispers of sculptures to the sensory immersion of the language of installation art.

Shiota's art practice is a combination of many different aspects of installation and performance art. She is well-known for her large-scale installations, which are meticulously and skilfully strung from hundreds of thousands of red threads and frequently take up entire spaces. That network connects to concrete objects of everyday life such as keys, windows, dresses, shoes, boats or suitcases,... collected from all over the world – implies reminding people of the interconnection with all things, the unpredictable intertwining of fate, and the importance of memories stored in each human heart.

Chiharu Shiota is one of the world's most influential Asian female artists. Photo agsa.sa.gov.au

Her works are a convergence of beauty in both form and content, making a strong visual impression while also containing countless layers of deep meaning insights.

Born in 1972, the Japanese contemporary artist currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Her works were exhibited in many prestigious museums and exhibitions in the region.

In 2015, she was selected as an artist representing Japan to participate in the Venice Biennale – the oldest and most prestigious international exhibition held every two years in Venice, Italy.

Her first exhibition in Việt Nam, A Tide of Emotions, opens to public until March 30, 2024. VCCA locates at B1 - R3, Vincom Mega Mall Royal City, 72A Nguyễn Trãi Street, Thanh Xuân District, Hà Nội.

Within the framework of the exhibition, VCCA will organise others art education events to help audiences in better understanding the works and practices of the artist.

Ticket costs VNĐ100,000 for adults, VNĐ80,000 for students, and VNĐ50,000 for children (height from 1m-1.3m). For more information on ticket purchase, visit the Facebook page of VCCA www.facebook.com/VCCAVIETNAM/ — VNS

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