Photo Credit: Thành Trung
Material: Bamboo, Paper, Fabric, Cotton, Plastic, Metallic, Painted Yellow and Silver
Dimensions: 150 cm x 900 cm
Time: March - May 2018
Location: "DIMENSIONS" Exhibiton of Hanoi Art 21, AGOhub Hanoi
Material: Composite Relief
Dimensions: 420 cm x 470 cm
Time: October 2017 - February 2018
Location: Phung Hung St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
« The place we grow up are changing so quickly in the past decade. Under the shadow of skycapper buildings, we feel small and timid like the ants one behind another’s back working for food. This provokes a dimension of dreamy reality of our childhood that is faraway.
This installation was inspired by Quynh Chu’s 2016 “Dyeing” about the chaos of social clan when their social order got challenged. The “Reminiscence of Hallucination” 2018 was born with much more inspiration in the context of a group. From Xuan Lam - the love of nature’s formation. From Viet Anh, it is his memories of childhood. “reminiscence of hallucination” is a retouch of a dreamy peculiar world of small children born in early 90s. »
Quynh Chu and Viet Anh are members of Hanoi Art 21, a Hanoi-based art group that I've been a member on since 2014. For our 2nd group exhibtion "DIMENSIONS" , we decided to make an installation that reflects our personality and childhood memories.
« The relief is inspired by “Dragon Dance”, a famous Hang Trong folk painting. The meaning of the relief is believed to be amplified when placed in the Old Quarter Hanoi, where this line of paintings were founded, developed and passed down from generation to generation.
Globalization, accompanied by the national economic development, has brought new values and luxuries to our country. Keeping warm and being well fed no longer suffice; we now aim higher, for nice clothes and tasty food. In the old days, ordinary and plain outfits were everywhere to be found on the streets. However, nowadays, world-renowned fashion brands are very much in vogue and easy to spot in Hanoi. Reflecting on both the past and present, you might once wonder what if the lively characters in those folk paintings stepped out of the original artworks and lived in the modern time. That was how the idea of reinventing the “Dragon Dance” painting, with children in clothes of famous brands, crossed my mind.
Behind the relief also lies the intent of a millennial artist to preserve the traditional art and brought a breath of fresh air to Phung Hung arches at the same time. If you have an opportunity to visit the public art space on Phung Hung Street, or simply walk past the relief by chance, don’t hesitate to capture the moment, share it with your beloved one and spread the community with the hashtag “OQFW” (Old Quarter Fashion Week). »
THE MAKING OF
DESIGNED BY XUÂN LAM © 2018
DESIGNED BY XUÂN LAM © 2018