The picture will still exist
Selected works from Post Vidai Collection
Exhibition Dates: June 22nd – August 22nd
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22nd 2017 from 7 – 9 pm
Post Vidai and Địa Projects are pleased to present The Picture Will Still Exist*, featuring photographs, paintings and video works selected from Post Vidai Collection. The exhibition showcases eight established and emerging Vietnamese artists and collective, including Dinh Q. Le, Hoang Duong Cam, Howard Henry Chen, Le Quy Tong, Ngoc Nau, Phuong Linh, The Propeller Group and Vo An Khanh. A number of artworks, such as Dinh Q. Le’s WTC in four moments (2014), The Propeller Group’s AK-47 vs. M16 (2015) and Phuong Linh’s Sanctified Clouds (2012-2015), will be on display for the first time to Vietnamese public.
Referring to photography, once a photograph is captured, it freezes a moment. It is the moment, which will forever represents an angle of reality that the camera holder determined to shoot. Susan Sontag has argued that photographs are ‘memento mori’ – mortality, when they ‘testify to time’s relentless melt’. Indeed visual artists have been using this medium as a way to reflect, analyze, fictionalize and even corrupt the reality. The Picture Will Still Exist showcases how diversely artists can treat photography – metaphorically and physically. The politics of photography becomes visible through its aesthetics and the process creating such aesthetics: for example stretching an instant of less than one second of an terrorist image into six minutes; deliberately distorting a historic photograph to erase its original context; or preserving the trice of two flying bullets in a flesh-alike gel block.
The Picture Will Still Exist demonstrates the prolificacy of Post Vidai, when one medium, photography, can be appreciated in multiple aspects of the collection. It hopes to bring the viewers distinct and poetic worldviews from limitless extension of photography in particular and visual arts in general.
The exhibition is curated by Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần, Director and Curator of Post Vidai.
* The title is a phrase quoted from the first chapter ‘In Plato’s Cave’ from Susan Sontag’s book ‘On Photography’.
About Post Vidai
Established in 1994, Post Vidai is the unique collection that focuses on the development of Vietnamese contemporary art. ‘Vidai’ in Vietnamese means ‘great’ or ‘monumental’, which was used widely in propaganda slogans and posters. The use of this term is a playful way of collecting the artistic gestures after the establishment of ‘Doi Moi’, Vietnam’s ‘great’ economic reforms of the late 1980s. Post Vidai is a title that provokes questions of ambition, to imagine a space and time inspired by the past but looking towards a prosperous future in Vietnam. It is also a phrase that reflects the focus of the collection – the post Doi Moi generation, when contemporary art started its practice and discourse in Vietnam.
About Địa Projects
Địa Projects is an independent project space for contemporary art that hosts artists to take part in global partnerships for exhibitions, workshops, residency, and exchange programmes. As co-founder and director with an ideology of exploration and experimentation, Tran Thanh Ha is active in initiating projects and collaborations which carry possibilities to enrich contemporary culture in Vietnam. Địa Projects derives its strength from the diversity of works and artists it exhibits, as well as the production of publications, displays, and dialogues that aim to further invigorate the nascent creative possibilities within Vietnam.
Located in the Binh Thanh district of Ho Chi Minh City, Địa Projects’ in its current form provides the logical conclusion to the contemporary art experiment of Dia Projects Studio established by artist Richard Streitmatter-Tran in 2010 and is a proud charter member of the Asian Arts Space Network.