arts • 10 Aug, 2017
5 Must-See Art Exhibitions In Saigon this August
Kick Start Your Appreciation Of Art Throughout The Month
It’s August, and it seems every one of our favorite art spaces and crews have some good news. There’s classical bygone-era art, stylised photos from one of Vietnam’s most exciting young photographers, a Vietnamese-Japanese exploration of future bodies, a double-header at our favorite District 2 art space, and our favorite collaborative art crew return for a fifth time.
2 - 1 : A Yatender Solo @Vingallery
We profiled photographer Yatender, or Ngan Ao, back in 2015. Already she was creating striking, distinctive images that featured highly-stylised figures and human forms. “Why do we need to capture photos of people in a normal way?” she asked us. She was part of the latest edition of Saigon Artbook ‘I, me, mine’ in June, and this solo show continues a year of flourishing creative confidence.
Where: 6 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, District 2.
When: Opening Friday, 11 August 2017 | 6 PM - 8 PM runs until 16th September.
Why: In her photographs, Yatender creates a beguiling private world all of her own. And this is your invitation to enter.
The cavernous Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is large enough to allow its curators to juxtapose artists and exhibitions in compelling ways. The two solo shows up next belong to Dat Vu and Ly Hoang Ly. Saigon-based artist Dat Vu’s photographs dig deeply into spirituality and superstition. Here his images form a kind of travelogue of both staged and spontaneous explorations of the topic, and are the first in a series called ‘Materialize’ set up to give local artists greater exposure. Ly Hoang Ly’s show will feature her ‘boat home boat’, an epically scaled steel public sculpture that continues her exploration of human (im)migration.
Where: 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2.
When: Opening date: Thursday, 10 August 2017 | 19:00 - 21:00 and runs until 17th September.
Why: Who can resist two shows in the same space? Especially, when they star internationally fêted Vietnamese artist Ly Hoang Ly and her oversized boat sculpture, and Dat Vu’s mesmerising photographic travelogue.
Everyone loves a good sequel. And this show is the follow up to locally-based artist Tran Minh Tam’s first installment that focused on the Vietnamese Nguyen dynasty. The artist employs impressive technicality to portray figures from the era in oil and lacquer on wood. But here, expanding upon the first series, Tam engages more deeply in storytelling and characterisation.
Where: 27(i) Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1.
When: Opening on Friday, 28 July 2017 | 18:00 - 21:00 runs until 26th August.
Why: Tales from a long-ago era retold by one of Vietnam’s most technically gifted painters.
Salon Saigon keep the events coming. Fresh from last month’s incredible evening of Japanese-Korean post-rock with Tengger, the hosts of this historic two-floor house return their focus to art. In this Kenji Kubota curated SNOW Contemporary show, three Japanese artists, Off-Nibroll, Fuyuki Yamakawa and Atsuhiro Ito, explore transformation of the human form through video, installation and performances. While Vietnamese artists, Le Hoang Bich Phuong and Xuan Ha, add their video works too.
Where: 6D Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Ward 7, District 3.
When: Opens 25 August 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Why: An East-Asian meets Vietnamese art show in one of Saigon’s more characterful locations.
Whether homegrown or foreign, Saigon Skill brings together the best in edgy locally-based art talent. Featured in this fifth session are some of our favorite artists, like local graffiti legend, Giant Step owner, Suby One. There’ll also be Lee Wessels, Anh Nguyen and curator Adam Palmeter. As always, the tunes and projections with be as on-point as the art. This time DJ BMac will be running the tracks, while Joseph Leighty provides the video installation backdrop.
Where: 44 Ly Tu Trong, District 1.
When: 12th August from 8:00 PM.
Why: High art meets house party as the Saigon Skill crew reach one-year old.
More info here.
Words by David Kaye