arts • 06 Dec, 2016
Salon Saigon Opens With 'Bittersweet Whispers'
Contemporary Vietnamese Culture Given Space to Breathe
Salon Saigon is a brand new space dedicated to contemporary creativity. Opened on the first Saturday of the last month of the year, it’s first exhibition was called “Bittersweet Whispers”.
Featuring the artists Ngo Thi Thuy Duyen, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, and Mai-Loan Tu, “Bittersweet Whispers” sees them all exhibiting drawings that evoke personal reflections, memories, and dreams. Duyen’s flower drawings hint at the interconnectedness of everything, Le Hoang Bich Phuong produces images that evoke our sense of tenderness and vulnerability, while Mai-Loan Tu’s tactic seems to be luring us into a false sense of security, only to have it yanked away via a surreal juxtaposition of disparate elements. All exhibit technical prowess and a sensitivity to their craft. Their work will be on display through til February 8, 2017.
As a venue, Salon Saigon will showcase the cultural heritage and contemporary art of Vietnam through exhibitions, performances, conferences, screenings, educational programs, and exclusive encounters with artists. In addition to their new exhibition space, a library documenting Vietnamese art and culture will be a resource available to the public.
French Vietnamese artist Sandrine Llouquet is the space’s director and says it’s curatorial program will reflect an emphasis on contemporary drawing, with “Bittersweet Whispers” the first in a series of shows with the skill at it’s core. Sandrine reflects that many artists, including herself now choose drawing as their primary mode of creation, and in doing so expand the definition of drawing itself. Llouqet’s work has been exhibited internationally including in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and Tate Modern, London. She’s also been a regularly featured artist at Ho Chi Minh City’s Galerie Quynh.
Check out some pictures from the opening night right below:
(On the left) 'His reflection never dared to tell him that time had passed' & 'The color got scared and hid in the shadow' (on the right), 2016, ink pen on paper, by Mai Loan Tu
'From the center to home', 2016, watercolor on silk, by Le Hoang Bich Phuong
'There is sky', 2016, mixed media on paper, by Ngo Thi Thuy Duyen
Salon Saigon is located at 6D Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Ward 7, D3, HCMC.
Words by JA
Photos by Khoa & Salon Saigon