The exhibition offers an artistic vision of the Vietnamese territory in mutation through the contemporary artwork of three Franco-Belgian-Vietnamese artists and Vietnamese students of the University of Fine Art. In this exhibition, the exploration of the urban metamorphosis in a modern and multidisciplinary way, is superimposed the questioning of the transition between the past and the future: What are we losing? What do we win?
This exhibition is the result of a trilateral cooperation between Vietnam, Belgium, and France for La Centrifugeuse project | Máy xay sinh tố. Initiated in 2016 by three artists: Pierre Larauza, Emmanuelle Vincent and Truong Minh Thy Nguyen associated with Nguyễn Văn Minh, Vice-Rector of the University of Fine Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, the project proposes to question the cultures, their diversities, and their reciprocal enrichment, with the aim of promoting cultural miscegenation. The cooperation is organized around two poles, creation, and pedagogy, in collaboration with students and Vietnamese artists.
As part of the exhibition, Pierre Larauza present a set of four works entitled The Future Beauty of the Past, halfway between fiction and pageant, showing some nostalgia for the objects used in the artist’s past. Thy Nguyên Truong Minh who is born in Brussels from Vietnamese parents will evoke the present in his work representing situations, characters, and urban landscapes. Emmanuelle Vincent, French choreographer-dancer, proposes a choreographic reflection about the covering of the body and the face by the Vietnamese women during their motorcycle journeys, thus transforming themselves momentarily into anonymous persons without visage. This Vietnamese urban phenomenon inspired her to develop a “Mutant Alphabet”, a hybrid choreographic vocabulary, presented in the form of photographies mixing contemporary and traditional interactions. Another attraction: the “laboratory”, a space for visitors open every day during the exhibition. Adults and children can interact with fun modules, to understand better the content of the exhibition.
The Smile of Mutation – From December 21 to January 14, 2018 – Closing night January 12 at 6.00 pm – Museum of Fine Art of Ho Chi Minh City, 97 Phó Đức Chính, Dist 1 HCMC.