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:
I’m thinking about a river which flows through forests and cities. People seem to be growing increasingly greedy, and the prospect of profit is tempting enough for companies to risk the disruption of the river’s ecosystem by disposing of their factories’ waste waters in said rivers.
Even those who in their daily life rely on the river are unaware of the fact that they are destroying their own lives this way. They are acting blindly and do not understand the importance of recycling.
Because of this greed, people also destroy their forests without thinking about the consequences this might have regarding climate change. Since life along the river is getting harder, people start looking for a better life in the cities, but here, space is limited. More and more emissions, less forest, increasingly rough nature. This is how the tragic story comes full circle.
Curated by: Trang Luong
Luong Hue Trinh
was born in 1985 and is currently living and working in Hanoi. From 1998 until 2010, she studied keyboard at the Vietnam National Music Academy. She has been awarded the Yamaha scholarship for her outstanding accomplishments. Since completing her studies and majoring in Jazz Keyboard in 2010, Luong Hue Trinh has been working as a freelance artist for electronic and contemporary music. She has attended a number of local festivals in Hanoi, such as Hanoi Soundstuff Festival (2010, 2011), as well as Cau Am Thanh Festival.