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FOLK PAINTINGS – THE REMAKE

OLD QUARTER FASHION WEEK (#OQFW)

VIETNAM - KOREA JOINT PROJECT “PUBLIC ART FOR BETTER SPACE”

VIETNAMESE VERSION | PHIÊN BẢN TIẾNG VIỆT 

PROJECT INFORMATION

ARTWORK INFORMATION

Project Type: Personal Project

Medium: Multimedia

Time: May 2016 - December 2016

Exhibition: 13th January 2017 - 28 February 2017

Location: Nest by AIA, Vincom Center Hanoi


Material: Composite Relief

Dimensions: 420 cm x 470 cm

Time: October 2017 - February 2018

Location: Phung Hung St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

« Folk Paintings – the Remake, a project conducted in 2016, features the modern renditions of more than 20 Vietnamese folk paintings. Besides, in the project, the folk paintings are also applied in the daily products. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year of the Rooster, I organized an exhibition with a view to showcasing the project. As a tradition of the ancient Vietnamese, Lunar New Year is also the time when people make their way to the Tet markets and buy the folk paintings to decorate their homes.»

 

« 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 ARTWORKS

THE DETAILS

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ROOSTER AND ROSES

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

By all accounts, the ancient Vietnamese associated the rooster with Five Virtues of a warrior: Literature – Martial Art – Bravery – Humaneness – Credibility. With the roses around, the artwork symbolizes a rooster crowing to wake the Sun up, which is a sign of energy and good luck.

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CARP

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

A popular painting during the Tet Holiday, which represents the wish of good luck and fortune. In the Oriental culture, legend has it that carp are capable of jumping over the Dragon Gate to transform into dragons. Thus, carp is a symbol of supreme effort, fortune, success and hope. Every year, on the 23rd of December in the Lunar Calendar, the Kitchen God rides the carp to return to Heaven to report the activities of every household to the Jade Emperor.

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FIVE TIGERS

Hàng Trống Folk Painting

According to Vietnamese religious belief, tiger possesses a sacred power to keep the ghosts away. In many ancient families, there were altars specially designed to worship the tiger, with the “Five Tiger” painting hung above. The painting features five tigers with a balanced structure, each tiger in a unique posture: one Is standing, one is sitting, another is riding the cloud and wind, … The structure, together with the strokes and colors, effectively depicts the vigorous and mighty air of the king of the forest.

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MILITARY MANDARIN

Vũ Di Religious Painting - Vĩnh Phúc Province

In each dynasty, if the literature mandarins are those who develop exceptional talent for literature and poetry and strategic planning, military mandarin are those who are masters at martial arts with great military leadership on the battlefields. The painting features the military mandarin with an imposing and august posture, reminding us of a Dharmapāla (Defender of the Law) in Buddhism.

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THE DRIFT OF PIGS

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

The artwork features a litter of piglets surrounding a corpulent pig, which stands for the dream of a prosperous, peaceful and fruitful life. It is often presented to the newlyweds in the hope that they will soon have babies.

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RED TIGER

Hàng Trống Folk Painting

The artwork features one of the Five Tigers with red color, representing the Fire in Five Elements and standing for the South. Besides the application of Five Elements, what makes this painting distinctive is the figure of the tiger with a strong body, an imposing posture and vibrant eyes.

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THÁNH GIÓNG

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

Thánh Gióng (Phù Đổng Thiên Vương), is a mythical folk hero of Vietnam’s history and one of the Four Immortals. He is regarded as a symbol of patriotism and youthful vigor.

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LADY TRIỆU

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

Lady Triệu (225 – 248), also known as Trieu Au, Trieu Trinh Nuong, was a female warrior in the 3rd century. She went down in history as a great heroine, a brave commander who kept fighting for the national sovereignty. She is quoted as saying, “I would like to ride storms, kill sharks in the open sea, drive out the aggressors, reconquer the country, undo the ties of serfdom, and never bend my back to be the concubine of whatever man."

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EMINENCE

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

The artwork features a boy embracing a rooster, which represents the wish of good fortune and great success. In traditional Chinese, “a big rooster” and “great fortune” are homophones.

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PEACEFUL WORLD

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

The artwork, named after the letters printed on it, features a peacock, which is alleged to embody the aesthetic values and prestigious virtues. Besides, during Tet holiday, the painting of a peacock is also believed to keep the ghosts away from the family.

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CRANE

Nghệ An Folk Painting

According to Asian mythology, the crane is the most important creature among all kinds of birds. It represents the virtues of a typical gentleman. The artwork features a crane in a strong and imposing posture, which stands for determination and willpower. Besides, crane holds many other meanings, such as eternal youth, omniscience and affluent life.

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GOD OF WEALTH

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

The painting is often hung in front of the each house with a view to welcoming the wealth and prosperity home on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. In the painting, one hand of the God is holding the book – which represents the acquisition of knowledge, the other hand holding the scepter with the phrase: “The wealth comes as abundantly as the water.” That’s also the lifelong dream of all Vietnamese farmers.

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LITTLE BUFFALO BOY PLAYING FLUTE

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

To Vietnamese farmers, buffalos are the most valued possessions. In the painting, the buffalo pricks its ears, moves its feet to the sound of the flute and wag its tail happily. It seems that the buffalo also enjoys the music and feels as happy as the boy does. Besides farm work, buffalos are true friends of the farmers who go through all the ups and downs with them. The painting also praises clever little boys for helping their parents in the fields.

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DRAGON DANCE

Hàng Trống Folk Painting

The painting depicts a form of traditional dance in Vietnamese cultures. It is usually performed during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. In Asian culture, dragon symbolizes prosperity, good luck and happiness. With happy faces and bright hues, the picture becomes more brilliant and full of festive vibes.

02

 

YUE LAO

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

Yue Lao (The Matchmaker Deity) is a god of marriage and love in the mythology. She is supposed to unite with a silken cord all predestined couples, after which nothing can prevent their union. In the painting, Yue Lao, riding a phoenix, is tying the couple with a red cord, which represents the wish that the young boys and girls in the family with soon get married to their suitable partners and live happily ever after.

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SEVEN KIDS

Hàng Trống Folk Painting

This is one of the favorite paintings among the urban dwellers and often hung in each family on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. It is regarded as a wish for fertility and a prosperous life. The peach tree in blossom, together with seven chubby kids and bright colors, makes the artwork both lively and luxurious.

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ĐỨC THÁNH TRẦN

Hàng Trống Folk Painting

Trần Hưng Đạo (1228 – 1300) was a politician, a writer, and the Supreme Commander of Vietnam during the Trần Dynasty. He is also regarded as on of the most accomplished military tacticians in Vietnam’s and the world’s history. He successfully commanded the Đại Việt armies that repelled three major Mongol invasions in the 13th century. In honor of his glorious achievements, he is reserved by the Vietnamese as a national hero with many shrines dedicated to him all over the country.

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THE EMPEROR RIDING THE FISH

Hàng Trống Folk Painting

The artwork features Ông Hoàng Bơ, one of the Four Emperors, the third son of Long Vương Bát Hải Động Đình. In the drawing, the Emperor has the graceful and ravishing appearance, wearing a white large-sleeved ceremonial robe and a wushamao (Ming official headwear), one hand holding the scepter, representing the royal power. Behind him are the servants holding the casket and parasol.

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ROOSTER AND ROSES

Dong Ho Folk Painting

The artwork features Ông Hoàng Bơ, one of the Four Emperors, the third son of Long Vương Bát Hải Động Đình. In the drawing, the Emperor has the graceful and ravishing appearance, wearing a white large-sleeved ceremonial robe and a wushamao (Ming official headwear), one hand holding the scepter, representing the royal power. Behind him are the servants holding the casket and parasol.

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VICIOUS GAMECOCKS

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

The painting features a family of chickens, including a hen, a cock and a clutch of chicks. On the picture are the letters: “Abundant offspring – Like father like son.” The arrangement and structure of the hen and the cock make their roles in the family become more distinct. It portrays the happy and cozy ambiance of a large family.

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THE RAT'S WEDDING

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

“The Rat’s Wedding” is one of the most renowned painting of Dong Ho Folk Painting. On the surface,the picture depicts a cheerful and imposing wedding between two rats with trumpets, flags, a sedan chair for the bride and a horse and a parasol for the groom, accompanied by the relatives of two rats. However, a closer look at the painting reveals the rats’ terror and an old cat snarling and raising his paw to threaten the rats... This conveys a satirical message and condemns the corruption issue among the ruling class of the past society.

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THE CLUTCH OF CHICKENS

Đông Hồ Folk Painting

The painting features a hen surrounded by ten baby chickens, each is different in the gesture and posture but all are very playful and energetic. The principal hue of the artwork is made up of warm colors, making it brighter with a sky full of sunlight. The painting stands for the farmer’s dream of fertility and happy families.

THE EXHIBITION

THE DETAILS

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An exhibition was held on the threshold of the Lunar New Year at Nest by AIA - Vincom Center Hanoi when the spring was just round the corner. All the artworks are printed on canvas and displayed together with the products of applied arts and a special folding screen made from organza. Within 2 weeks, the exhibition welcomed an audience of about 500 people of all ages & gained of various news report. Here some of the few pictures from the exhibition.

Photos Credit: HOÈN

THE PRODUCTS

THE DETAILS

Photos Credit: Thành Trung

Stylist: Minh Ngọc

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DESIGNED BY XUÂN LAM © 2018

DESIGNED BY XUÂN LAM © 2018