Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
The subject of my art work is the Red River, the second largest river in Vietnam which, coming from China, flows through Lao Cai Province.
The river is an integral part of the Viet people. However, the river is increasingly showing signs of pollution – its color changes constantly, its alluvium is decreasing significantly, its water has begun to stink as the result of pollution. The river is endangered. My project is a continuation of an earlier body of work dating back to 2009 – a series of photos named “Hunch”, consisting of images showing the part of Red River which flows through Hanoi when it was almost dried up. The new project provides me with the chance to follow the river from Lao Cao through various cities and provinces before it enters the Gulf of Tonkin. My hope is that the disturbing images, which stand in stark contrast to the way people usually imagine and remember the river, will prove thought-provoking.
Curated by: Tran Luong
Nguyen The Son
was born in 1978. He graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Fine Arts in 2002, where he then filled a teacher’s position from 2002 until 2008. In 2008, he began the pursuit of his Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Apart from his solo exhibitions “Headwash”(2005), “High Above” (2007) and “New Higher Level” (2009), Nguyen The Son’s work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions in Vietnam and China from 2000 until today.