Artists announced for Carnegie International, 57th edition,11 April 2018
ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR CARNEGIE INTERNATIONAL, 57TH EDITION, 2018
11 APR 2018
Curator Ingrid Schaffner announced today the artists in Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, which runs October 13, 2018–March 25, 2019 at Carnegie Museum of Art. Established in 1896, the Carnegie International exhibitions have built a rich history of introducing audiences to contemporary art from around the world. The 2018 Carnegie International will feature:
- Yuji Agematsu
- El Anatsui
- Art Labor with Joan Jonas
- Huma Bhabha
- Mel Bochner
- Mimi Cherono Ng’ok
- Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin
- Sarah Crowner
- Alex Da Corte
- Tacita Dean
- Jeremy Deller
- Kevin Jerome Everson
- Han Kang and IM Heung–soon
- Leslie Hewitt
- Saba Innab
- Karen Kilimnik
- Zoe Leonard
- Kerry James Marshall
- Park McArthur
- Josiah McElheny with John Corbett and Jim Dempsey
- Ulrike Müller
- Thaddeus Mosley
- The Otolith Group
- Jessi Reaves
- Abel Rodriguez
- Rachel Rose
- Beverly Semmes
- Dayanita Singh
- Lucy Skaer
- Tavares Strachan
- Lynette Yiadom–Boakye
The Carnegie International will also include Dig Where You Stand, by independent exhibition maker Koyo Kouoh.
With 32 artists and artist collectives, the exhibition invites visitors to explore what it means to be “international” at this moment in time, and to experience museum joy. The pleasure of being with art and other people inspired the composition of this International—a series of encounters with contemporary art inside the world of Carnegie Museum of Art. Among the new and ambitious projects are an unprecedented collaboration between novelist Han Kang and filmmaker IM Heung–soon; an exhibition–within–the–exhibition by Koyo Kouoh that draws from the museum’s collection; and an interpretation of rejected works from the history of the Carnegie International by Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin. Other components of the International include a mapping of Pittsburgh through photography in the museum’s Teenie Harris Archive, a historic record of black life in urban America, and the Cinémathèque series of film screenings. The 57th edition also builds on a long legacy of research and collecting by Carnegie Museum of Art.
A Beast, a God, and a Line, Para Site, Hongkong, Mar 17 - May 20 2018
MAR 17 – MAY 20, 2018
March 16, 2018
7:00 – 9:00pm
22/F, 6/F Wing Wah Industrial Building
Nabil Ahmed, Anida Yoeu Ali, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Au Hoi Lam, Pablo Bartholomew, Daniel Boyd, Sarat Mala Chakma, Rashid Chowdhury, Christy Chow, Cian Dayrit, Ines Doujak, Gauri Gill, Simryn Gill, Sheela Gowda, Garima Gupta, Taloi Havini, Su Yu Hsien, Dilara Begum Jolly, Jrai Dew Collective (curated by Art Labor), Jaffa Lam, Jiun-Yang Li, Charles Lim Yi Yong, Idas Losin, Lavanya Mani, Moelyono, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Manish Nai, Sarah Naqvi, Nguyen, Trinh Thi, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Nontawat Numbenchapol, Jimmy Ong, Etan Pavavalung, Paul Pfeiffer, Thao-Nguyen Phan, Sheelasha Rajbhandari, Joydeb Roaja, Norberto Roldan, Zamthingla Ruivah, Ampannee Satoh, Chai Siris, Praneet Soi, Simon Soon (with RJ Camacho and Celestine Fadul), Truong Công Tùng, Raja Umbu, Chiara Vigo, Munem Wasif, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ming Wong, Lantian Xie, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Trevor Yeung, Tuguldur Yondonjamts
Para Site is delighted to present A beast, a god, and a line. This expansive travelling exhibition is co-produced with the Samdani Art Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and is woven through the connections and circulations of ideas across a region. This geography - arbitrary as any mapping, not least as it appears in contemporary art exhibitions - is commonly called the Asia-Pacific, but it could also be epitomised by several other definitions, which the exhibition explores and untangles. Overlapping and sometimes conflicting or barely discernible beneath the strident layers of contemporaneity, and the modern waves of destruction, these worlds are still the pillars of a region that is going through a process of replacing its colonial cartographic coordinates, a process this exhibition proudly serves. It does so by putting forward political, art historical, and aesthetic interrogations, all of them reflected in the subject matters of the exhibition, as well as in the aesthetic languages it gathers, and in the art historical narratives around the featured artists, who all belong to vastly different generations and backgrounds.
A Beast, a God, and a Line, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh Feb 2-10 2018
Curated by Cosmin Costinas
A beast, a god and a line is woven by connections and circulations of ideas across a geography with Bengal at its core. Commonly called Asia-Pacific, it could also be defined by several other definitions, which the exhibition will explore and untangle. Overlapping and sometimes conflicting or barely discernible beneath the strident layers of contemporaneity and the modern waves of destruction, these worlds are still the pillars of a region that is going through a process of replacing its colonial cartographic coordinates, a process this exhibition proudly serves.
Further on, the project touches some issues marking the current historical moment in this macro-region: the development and spread of politicised religion (jihadist Islam across several countries, fascist Buddhism in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and Hindu ethno-fascism in India, alongside revivalist Christianity among many indigenous communities and the Philippines), the rise of political populism and loss of faith in liberal-democracy, the negotiation of real or imagined traditional cultures in modern societies, and, circumscribing the previous issues, the various attempts to create parallel narratives to Western modernity.
These issues circulate across South Asia and South East Asia on routes going back to several historical eras: the early Austronesian world that has woven a maritime universe surpassed in scale only by European colonialism, from Hawaii, New Zealand, to Madagascar with Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines at its core; the great transfer of cultural and religious ideas across South Asia and South East Asia; the trade routes of the Indian Ocean before the European imperial monopoly; and the intellectual and political visions during the anti-colonial struggle and post-colonial nation building, forming the immediate pre-history of the contemporary issues mentioned above.
At the core of the exhibition are works by contemporary artists as well as their visions. However, many of the historical traces and layers are drawn by textiles, which occupy a crucial position in this exhibition, framing its architecture and narrative.
The exhibition will contain several autonomous sections, thematic godowns supporting the trade of ideas and forms: one concentrating more in-depth on several narratives related to textiles, one curated by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, and one conceived together with Simon Soon and a group of Filipino artisans.
Anida Yoeu Ali
Charles Lim Yi Yong
Dilara Begum Jolly
Jrai Dew Collective
(curated by art labor)
Nguyen Trinh Thi
Sarat Mala Chakma
Su Yu Hsien
Truong Công Tùng
Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence , Centre Pompidou, Paris, Oct 18 - Dec 18 2017
The Centre Pompidou presents the first edition of Cosmopolis, a new platform that highlights research-based artistic practices and a renewed engagement with theories of cosmopolitanism.
Through micro-residencies, research, exhibitions, talks, performances, and screenings, Cosmopolis highlights a spectrum of creative approaches that are both rooted in a particular context and engage in international conversations, reflecting on cultural translation and the situatedness of knowledge.
‘Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence’ looks at current forms of artistic collaboration. The 1990s saw major turn towards collaborative and social practices and a proliferation of artists’ collectives. In order to better understand this drive to create collectively, Cosmopolis showcases practices centered on knowledge sharing and on the development of social fabric through encounters, discussions, meals,trips, publications and the creation of schools, festivals or other cultural structures. These artistic practices and strategies constantly question the current role of art in society and cultural institutions.
Cosmopolis #1 gathers artists, curators, researchers, publishers, architects and other cultural producers who choose to operate collaboratively and affirm the potential of creative practices to convey knowledge and create new ways of being in the world. Their cosmopolitanism draws attention to the representation of difference and mobility – migration, exile, diaspora – but is not associated with a lack of rootedness. It reflects the complexity of the movements and communications of our time, but cultivates a deep sense of the local.
Arquitectura Expandida (Colombia)
Art Labor (Vietnam)
Chimurenga (South Africa)
Chto Delat (Russia)
Foundland Collective (The Netherlands / Egypt)
Invisible Borders (Nigeria)
Mixrice (South Korea)
Polit-Sheer-Form Office (China)
The Tentative Collective (Pakistan)
Asian Art Biennale 2017 : Negotiating the Future, Sep 30 2017 - Feb 25 2018
Negotiating the Future
2017 Asian Art Biennial
September 30, 2017–February 25, 2018
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
No. 2, Section 1, Wuquan West Road
Taichung City 403
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9am–5pm,
T +886 4 2372 3552
Organizer: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Curator: Kenji Kubota (Japan), Ade Darmawan (Indonesia) and Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Iraq), Hsiao-Yu Lin (Taiwan)
The 6th Asian Art Biennial will be grandly on view at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts on September 30, 2017. For the first time in more than a decade, the biennial this year is curated by a joint team of an in-house curator and three foreign curators, a mechanism fairly distinct from its previous curatorial practice. Treating “Negotiating the Future” as the theme, the curatorial team plans to invite around 30 artists/collectives to accomplish this great achievement with concerted efforts.
The theme Negotiating the Future features the momentum and limitless potential of contemporary art, as well as the possibilities for art to negotiate and strike a balance among various conflicts of power and relations. By virtue of the creations of these participating artists, this biennial also seeks to address the recent events and latent tension in Asia, thereby reflecting people’s desperate yearning for changing the society and fashioning the future through a concatenation of negotiations.
The three guest curators of this biennial include Kenji Kubota (Japan), Ade Darmawan (Indonesia) and Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Iraq), and Hsiao-Yu Lin is the in-house curator who works in collaboration with them. Speaking of the theme of this biennial, Kubota believes that our future is incubated by myriads of negotiations, and highly creative, unconventional things would be produced if all the negotiations are charged with imagination. For Kubota, the artworks that inspire the viewers’ imagination are closely related to the construction of a brave new world.
On the other hand, Darmawan argues that seeing art as a social practice is essential for us to view artistic practice as a way to speculate about the future. Future might be a luxury idea in certain contexts, but art can always negotiate and strategize for it from the present. As far as Al-Khudhairi is concerned, the 2017 Asian Art Biennial aims to explore the tool of negotiation as a means to navigate the possibilities for the future, and how art, the public and society interact as a relational trinity on the platform provided by this biennial.
The exhibits at the 6th Asian Art Biennial serve as the epitome of contemporary artistic diversity. They comprise a riotous profusion of forms ranging from painting, installation and image to performance art and workshop. The biennial program also includes many exciting events. Please visit the museum website for detailed information about this elaborately organized biennial.
Kệ: History of Now, Newton, MA, USA, Sept 8 - Oct 1 2017
Jrai Dew exhibition No.03, Amo village, Gia Lai Province, Vietnam, 26 - 27 August 2017
Salt of the Jungle, KL Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 17 August - 18 October 2017
Public Spirits, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, 22 Sep 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
22 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
Chen Szu Han (Taiwan), Teng Chao-Ming (Taiwan), Liu Ho Jang (Taiwan), Hsu Che Ju (Taiwan),Chia-Wei Hsu (Taiwan), Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong), Chen-Yu Mao (China), Zhou Tao (China), Art Labor (Vietnam), Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam), UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam), Charles Lim (Singapore), Ho Rui An (Singapore), Agung Kurniawan (Indonesia), lifepatch (Indonesia), Vuth Lyno (Cambodia), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia), Sutthirat Supaparinya (Thailand), Orawan Arunrak (Thailand), Maung Day (Myanmar/Burma), Jen Liu (USA)
Curator: Meiya Cheng
Curator's assistants: Karolina Marcinkowska, Po Shun Chuang
Coordination: Aleksandra Knychalska, Joanna Manecka
The exhibition Public Spirits is an insight into the artistic response to the experience of globalization in regions which are now the scenes of diverse clashes, sometimes due to conflicting traditions, conflicting geopolitical interests, as well as the uncertain democratization of authoritarian regimes. These are stories about the activities of various communities, which may complement or act as a counterproposal to the history of communities and nations.
Artists from Southeast Asia, mainland China, and Taiwan utilize the force of poetic visions or political engagement, working with memory as well by means of group activities to invoke lost public spirits (e.g. owing to modernization processes) or those that have not yet arrived. They give voice to groups that are overlooked in political or historical narratives. They are often communities based on true bonds, shared experiences or histories. Even if they are ephemeral – such as a group of scooters forming a joint choreography on a busy street or a community which originated from the inspiration of the metaphor of the dew - they are an alternative to the dominant economic and geopolitical powers.
Political, economic as well as social contexts in thisthese local groups region of Asia act as a point of departure for deliberation on the function of contemporary art in a globalized world. This is yet another – after the exhibitions KURZ / DUST / غبار and El Hadji Sy. At first I thought I was dancing - presentation of non-Western perspectives on global art in the program of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle.
The exhibition Public Spirits is the outcome of a research project by Taiwanese curator Meiya Cheng concerning artistic activities for the society and the communities of the countries of Southeast Asia, mainland China, as well as Taiwan.
South by Southeast. A Further Surface at Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, 22 March-8 May, 2016
Guangdong Times Museum
Times Rose Garden III, Huangbianbei Road, Baiyun Avenue, Guangzhou, China
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm (closed on Monday except for holidays)
Guided Tour: 3:00-3:30pm, 22 March – 8 May, 2016, every Saturday & Sunday
+ 8620 26272363
Participating artists: Art Labor (Vietnam), Pio Abad (The Philippines), Jon Cuyson (The Philippines), Maung Day (Myanmar), frombandungtoberlin.net (trans-national), Nilbar Güreş (Turkey), Ahdiyat Nur Hartata (Indonesia), Maja Hodošček (Slovenia), Ana Hušman (Croatia), Eisa Jocson (The Philippines), Šejla Kamerić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Li Jinghu (China), Dalibor Martinis (Croatia), Sebastian Moldovan (Romania), Jakrawal Nilthamrong (Thailand), Aemilia Papaphilippou (Greece), Raluca Popa (Romania), Lia Perjovschi (Romania), Marko Tadić (Croatia), Saša Tkačenko (Serbia), Pradeep Thalawatta (Sri Lanka), The Bureau of Melodramatic Research (Romania), Lyno Vuth (Cambodia), Zhou Tao (China)
Co-curated by Patrick D. Flores (The Philippines) and Anca Verona Mihuleţ (Romania)
Art Labor residency at NTU CCA, Singapore, 1-13 Dec, 2015
Art Labor will recreate a Hammock Café serving traditional Vietnamese coffee, akin to the many itinerant roadside-resting spots of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The café will be a place for visitors to sit together, chat, rest, observe, think or simply pass time, alluding to the café culture central to Vietnamese daily life. The name Jarai Dew Hammock Café is an introduction into Art Labor’s long-term project. That takes inspiration from the Jarai people of Vietnam's Central Highlands and their philosophy on the cycle of life. After death, humans will go through many stages to get back to their origins of existence. The final stage is that they transform into dew (ia ngôm in Jarai language) evaporating into the environment – a state of non-being – the beginning particles of a new existence.
8 DecemberDecember, 6pm - 10pm
at NTU CCA Singapore studios, block 38 Malan Road, Singapore
Spring Watching Pavilion, 3 October - 14 November 2015
Spring Watching Pavilion presents the first major exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art in Ireland. 2015 marks the 40 anniversary of the ‘Fall of Saigon’ and the end of the Vietnam war.
Spring Watching Pavilion exhibits the work of 14 artists who mostly work in lens based media and participatory/socially engaged practices. The works presented are dynamic, engaging yet poetic and nuanced in their reflection on the richness and complexity of contemporary Vietnamese life.
The title of this exhibition is taken from a poem of the same name by the 19th century Vietnamese poet Hồ Xuân Hương.
3 October to 14 November 2015
Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL, Northern Ireland
Opening hours: Tuesday – Staurday, 11am to 5pm
Art Labor talks at Sao La, 18 April 2015
Trong khuôn khổ các hoạt động của dự án 'Dạo Bước Nghệ Thuật', Sao La thân mời các bạn đến dự buổi nói chuyện với nhóm Lao Động Nghệ Thuật cuối tuần này.
Nhóm Lao Động Nghệ Thuật luôn mong muốn thử thách các hình thức khác nhau của một triển lãm, làm lu mờ ranh giới giữa curator và nghệ sĩ, giữa vật thể lịch sử và tác phẩm hư cấu, giữa phòng tranh và bảo tàng khoa học, giữa nhà riêng và không gian công cộng, giữa nghệ thuật và đời sống.
Trong buổi nói chuyện tại Dạo Bước Nghệ Thuật lần này, nhóm sẽ ra mắt cuốn sách nghệ thuật mới nhất của họ, Art Labor no.1: Niềm Tin Không Điều Kiện. Đây là một thử nghiệm - xem cuốn sách như một khả thể triển lãm, trong đó, người cộng tác được mời đóng góp một tác phẩm, một bài viết hoặc bất cứ điều gì mà họ muốn nói về đề tài ‘niềm tin’. Cuốn sách trở thành một tiểu triển lãm, gồm các tác phẩm tranh vẽ, tiểu sắp đặt (mini-installation), bài viết, trưng bày… Buổi nói chuyện sẽ có sự góp mặt của hầu hết các thành viên khách mời trong cuốn sách như Lauren Reid - curator và cây viết đến từ Berlin và Trương Quế Chi - nhà nghiên cứu, nghệ sĩ thị giác và nhà làm phim hiện sống ở Paris.
Lao Động Nghệ Thuật = nghệ thuật + thí nghiệm = nghệ thuật + lực lượng lao động
Lao Động Nghệ Thuật, gồm 3 thành viên chính: nghệ sĩ thị giác Trương Công Tùng, Phan Thảo Nguyên và curator/ cây viết Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần, làm việc giữa nghệ thuật thị giác, khoa học xã hội và đời sống, nhằm tìm hiểu kiến thức mới thông qua hoạt động nghệ thuật và văn hoá.
As an activity of 'March: Art Walk', we would like to invite you to an artist talk by Art Labor.
Art Labor collective challenge different forms of the exhibition, blur the line between curator and artist, between historic object and fictional artwork, between art gallery and scientific museum, between private home and public space, between art and life.
In this talk at Art Walk, the collective will present their latest artist book: Art Labor no.1: Unconditional Belief. This is an experiment considering the book form as a possibility of exhibition, in which each invited collaborator contributes an artwork, an essay or anything responding the theme ‘belief’. The book becomes a mini-show including drawings, mini-installations, text, display,… Most of the collaborators will join the talk, such as Lauren Reid - curator/writer based in Berlin and Trương Quế Chi - researcher/ visual artist / film maker based in Paris.
Art Labor = art + laboratory = art + workforce
Art Labor, with 3 core members, visual artists Truong Cong Tung, Phan Thao Nguyen and curator/ writer Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, work in between visual arts, social and life sciences in order to produce alternative non-formal knowledge via artistic and cultural activities.
at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
about 6 months ago
Thuần Sắc Phiêu Lưu - The Adventure of Color Wheel, Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital, 21 January 2015
For english please scroll down.
THUẦN SẮC PHIÊU LƯU
Tác phẩm công cộng của nhóm Lao Động Nghệ Thuật
Tác phẩm cố định ở không gian, ra mắt từ 21 tháng 1 năm 2015
Bệnh viện Mắt Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
‘Thuần Sắc Phiêu Lưu’ là một dự án tạo ra tác phẩm nghệ thuật công cộng do nhóm nghệ sĩ Lao Động Nghệ Thuật khởi xướng và thực hiện từ tháng 7 năm 2014 tới tháng 1 năm 2015 tại Khoa Nhi, Bệnh viện Mắt TPHCM, với sự hỗ trợ từ Sàn Art, Quỹ Lions Clubs International, Sơn Kansai, Màu vẽ Mango, Quỹ Hoàng tử Claus, nghệ sĩ Đỗ Lãng, Đạt Nguyễn, Duy Thông, kiến trúc sư Oanh Nguyễn. Tác phẩm bao gồm việc thiết kế lại toàn bộ không gian của Khoa Nhi, trong đó có tranh tường, biển hiệu, bảng tên, đồ nội thất,…
Bước ra khỏi thang máy cổ còn lưu lại từ thời thuộc địa của Bệnh viện Mắt TPHCM, đi dọc hành lang, ta sẽ thấy từng hàng chữ cái E xoay nhiều hướng vẽ trên trần, trông tựa như tranh trừu tượng, nhưng thực chất đó lại là bài kiểm tra mắt cho người bị mù chữ. Hành lang này dẫn ta tới Khoa Nhi, nơi mắt ta sẽ hút vào những bức tranh tường tô hàng ngàn vòng tròn đủ màu trên trần nhà; trong khi đó, quang cảnh rực rỡ của những xứ sở tưởng tượng nhảy múa trên tường của các phòng bệnh.
Từ tháng bảy tới tháng chín năm 2014, nhóm Lao Động Nghệ Thuật hướng dẫn các lớp cho các bệnh nhi, khuyến khích các em tiếp xúc và chơi đùa cùng màu sắc và sáng tạo. Đồng thời, nhóm tìm hiểu khả năng cảm thụ thẩm mỹ của bệnh nhi mắt, kết hợp nghiên cứu các phương pháp chẩn đoán trong ngành Nhãn khoa. Cộng hưởng với trí tưởng tượng của người nghệ sĩ, tác phẩm công cộng ‘Thuần Sắc Phiêu Lưu’ ra đời.
Lần đầu tiên tại Việt Nam, một bệnh viện hợp tác cùng những nhà thực hành nghệ thuật thị giác. Chuyên gia Nhãn khoa thuộc Bệnh viện Mắt TPHCM chia sẻ tri thức y khoa cho thành viên nhóm Lao Động Nghệ Thuật, cho nhóm tiếp xúc với các bệnh nhi và đưa không gia điều trị cho nghệ sĩ cải tạo kiến trúc nội thất. Sự công tác liên ngành này – giữa sự sáng tạo của nghệ thuật thị giác, tính hồn nhiên trẻ thơ và trí tuệ của khoa học – đã tạo ra một không gian độc đáo, thân thiện cho bệnh nhân, nơi mà họ được điều trị trong lòng tác phẩm nghệ thuật.
Ngày 21 tháng 1 năm 2015, tác phẩm công cộng ‘Thuần Sắc Phiêu Lưu’ tại không gian Khoa Nhi, Bệnh viện Mắt TPHCM sẽ chính thức ra mắt. Nhóm Lao Động Nghệ Thuật sẽ tổ chức 1 tour ngắn giới thiệu cụ thể quá trình thực hiện dự án và tham quan tác phẩm trong không gian đặc biệt này.
ĐỊA ĐIỂM: Phòng 3, Khoa Nhi
Bệnh viện Mắt Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh
Tầng 3, 280 Điện Biên Phủ
Quận 3, TPHCM
THỜI GIAN: 3h chiều, thứ tư ngày 21 tháng 1 năm 2015
THE ADVENTURE OF COLOR WHEEL
Public artwork by Art Labor collective
Permanent artwork, launched from 21 January 2015
Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital
The project ‘The adventure of Color Wheel’ is a project creating public artwork, which is initiated and realized by Art Labor collective from July 2014 to January 2015 at Pediatrics Department, HCMC Eye Hospital, with support from Sàn Art, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansai Paint, Mango Art Material, Prince Claus Fund, artist Lang Do, Dat Nguyen, Duy Thong and architect Oanh Nguyen. The artwork is re-designing the whole space of Pediatrics Department, including mural paintings and drawings, signs, billboards, interiors, furniture…
Walking from the old lift of HCMC Eye Hospital, which is still preserved from colonial time, along the entrance corridor, you will see lines of rotating E letters overhead looking like abstract paintings yet they are in fact eye vision test for illiterate people. This corridor leads you to Pediatrics Department, where your eyes will be lulled to various mural paintings of thousands of colored circles on the corridors’ ceiling while brightly painterly landscapes of another imagined realm dance across each room’s walls.
From July to September 2014, Art Labor instructed weekly art classes for children patients, encouraging them to play with colors creatively. At the same time, the collective learned the children’s capacity of aesthetic perception and gained more knowledge of eye diagnoses in Ophthalmology. Combining those aspects with the artists’ imagination, the public artwork ‘The adventure of Color Wheel’ was born.
For the first time in Vietnam, a health care institution has collaborated with contemporary art practitioners. Ophthalmologists of HCMC Eye Hospital shared their medical knowledge with Art Labor members, introduced the collective to meet their children patients and opened up their therapeutic space for the collective to transform interior architecture. This interdisciplinary collaboration - among visual art, children’s natural mind and medical knowledge has resulted in a unique and friendly environment for the patients, where they receive treatment inside the embrace of artworks.
On Wednesday 21 January 2015, ‘The adventure of Color Wheel’ will be launched. Art Labor collective will host a tour introducing the artwork process and guiding visitors through the artwork in this special environment.
VENUE: Room 3, Pediatrics Department,
Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital
3. Floor, 280 Điện Biên Phủ
District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
TIME: 3PM, 21 January 2015
Haunted Threshold, Spirituality in Contemporary South East Asia, 9 November-21 December 2014
Art Labor, Maung Day, Riel Hilario, Ho Tzu Nyen, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Yudi Noor, Kaensan Rattanasomrerk, John Frank Sabado, Taiki Sakpisit, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Than Sok, Truong Cong Tung, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Entang Wiharso
9 November - 21 December 2014
Marktplatz 9, 37073 Göttingen
Exploring Art with Eyes & Colors, 17 July 17- 21 August, 2014
Within the project ‘Unconditional Belief’, Art Labor collective organize the program ‘Exploring Art with Eyes & Colors’ at HCMC Eye Hospital.
This is a series of art classes, which are designed specifically for children inpatients at Pediatrics Department – the inpatients under the age of 15 who are operated, treated and cared at the hospital in 3-5 days. Having decreased vision, these children observe the surrounding and objects differently from normal kids; therefore their ability to perceive colors, shapes, and lines is also different. The program provides the young inpatients opportunity to discover the art world in their unique way. Weaker vision does not mean their world somber. Conversely, they can acquire the artistic capacity even more liberal and eccentric, since their imagination is hardly limited in the things seen by normal eyes. Art Labor hopes to stimulate a belief in colorful and inspirational world from these children inpatients.
‘Exploring Art with Eyes & Colors’ is the beginning step for a bigger public artwork, which the collective will produce at HCMC Eye Hospital. From the inpatients’ pieces, Art Labor will be based on, take inspiration and re-design the interior of Pediatrics Department, to make the patient reception area and staying rooms more artistic and lively. If sickness is a burden causing people lose faith, art may help re-filling their faith almost without any condition, except the imagination and open-minded.
Unconditional Belief, 27 February - 29 April, 2014