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Artist examines historical resonance in first VN show

Sung Tieu will present her first solo exhibition in Viet Nam at the Nha San Collective. – Photo
Viet Nam News

Tomorrow, Nha San Collective will open Cam Xa Tu Xa/ Remote Viewing – the first solo exhibition in Viet Nam by the Vietnamese-born German artist Sung Tieu.

Remote Viewing traces the shifting relevance of oral stories and spiritual rituals in historical and contemporary Viet Nam. After several visits to Ha Noi, Hue and HCM City from 2015 to 2017, the London-based artist’s forthcoming exhibition investigates how Viet Nam’s nationhood is shaped through tales, colonialism, war and the global market economy.

Tieu was born in North Viet Nam in 1986, part of the generation that came of age after the war during the doi moi (policy renewal). Then raised in Germany after its reunification in 1989, Tieu’s artistic practice has been in constant negotiation, not just in terms of geography but also between the past and the present, the fictional and non-fictional, the rational and the spiritual.

Combining documentary footage and folktales from the Ba Den (Black Virgin) mountain in the southern province of Tay Ninh, and Mo Cay in the southern province of Ben Tre, Remote Viewing examines the layered historical resonance of places and their stories.

The exhibition, which is supported by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen) in Stuttgart, Germany, will open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays from September 9 to 23, from 3-7pm.

An artist talk will follow the opening, at 7.30pm tomorrow. Nha San Collective is on the 15th floor of the Hanoi Creative City Building, 1 Luong Yen Street, Hai Ba Trung District. — VNS

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