arts • 09 Jun, 2017
In The Galleries: Five Shows To See
Our pick of the top art shows happening this month
June is certainly the coolest month when it comes to exhibitions in Saigon, with the city basking in a veritable cornucopia of creativity. Our selection of the five must see shows shines a spotlight on homegrown talent; from five of the city’s newest and hottest artistic talents exploring themselves in Saigon Artbook’s ‘I, Me, Mine’ show at the Factory, to well established national talents taking a Freudian approach at Salon Saigon. This month you really have no excuse not to get your art on.
The seventh annual Saigon Artbook presents five of its newest artists at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in district 2. Entitled ‘I, Me and Mine’ the theme for this year’s book is the self, with each artist exploring the many different facets that make up the human character. Copies of the exquisitely made art book will be on sale.
When: Until 23rd July
Where: 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, D.2
"Then I Can Turn The World Upside Down" Group Exhibition @ Salon Saigon
Upmarket arts space Salon Saigon hosts Vietnamese artists Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Mai Hoang, Nguyen Manh Hung, Florian Nguyen and Hoang Nam Viet in an exhibition of works that explore ‘imaginary realities evoking the subconscious.’ Using just ink on paper, the artists will offer ‘quasi-hallucinatory perspectives’ on familiar landscapes.
When: 15 June - 15 August
Where: 6D Ngo Thoi Nhiem, D.3
"Figures, forms, contraptions" @ Địa Projects
Local photographer Thy Tran and Swiss artist Regis Golay exhibit together at Dia Projects in Binh Thanh. Combining Tran’s, raw intimate photography and Golay’s surrealist video work, the show focuses on ‘un-reality’, with each piece attempting to make the familiar unfamiliar in an attempt to get the viewer to question their inherent perceptions.
When: Until 16 June
Where: Ground Floor, Saigon Domaine, 1057 Binh Quoi Street, Binh Thanh District
"Where is the Place of Peace Redux" by Le Thuy @ Craig Thomas Gallery
The Craig Thomas Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Hanoi-based artist Le Thuy at its Tran Nhat Duat gallery. 'Where Is the Place of Peace Redux' is a collection of watercolor on silk pieces by Vietnam Fine Arts University graduate Le Thuy, who has exhibited across Vietnam and Singapore.
When: Until 25 June
Where: 27i Tran Nhat Duat, D.1
“Un Es Sence” by Le Tuan Ry @ Chaosdowntown
Hip gallery Chaosdowntown presents the first in what will become an annual show from local avant-garde artist Le Tuan Ry. ‘Un Es Sense’ sees the artist experiment with various materials, particularly multi-layered acrylic sheets alongside audio-visual installations in an attempt to combine space, art and human senses.
When: 24 June - 21 July
Where: 121/61 Le Thi Rieng, D.1
Words by Rebecca Jones