Vietnam artists turn gaze on environmental plight

By Linh Do   November 23, 2020 | 02:09 am PT
Vietnam artists turn gaze on environmental plight
A mock-up image of Nguyen Linh Chi’s and Nhung Nguyen’s installation and sound work titled “Lakes” about Hanoi’s disappearing water resources. Photo courtesy of Six Space.   
Five artworks exploring the link between culture and the environment will be showcased this weekend at the University of Natural Sciences in Hanoi.

The works by artists Nguyen Linh Chi and Nhung Nguyen, Le Giang, Pham Thu Hang, Tran Thao Mien, and Nguyen Duc Phuong will be exhibited as part of a two-year project titled "Citizen Earth" that has gathered experts from the arts to science to research and raise awareness about pressing environmental issues.

At the exhibition from November 27-29, soil and water will occupy a prominent place. Using traditional mirror painting techniques with acid, Nguyen Linh Chi's and Nhung Nguyen’s installation and sound work titled "Lakes" for instance seeks to capture Hanoi’s distinctive water network, fast disappearing due to human activity including unsustainable waste disposal.

Initiated by Six Space, an artist-run cultural venue in Hanoi, Citizen Earth is part of the Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change program sponsored by the Dutch Prince Claus Fund and German Goethe Institute.

Last year’s Citizen Earth initiative included a tour along what was once Hanoi’s central lifeline but through time has degenerated into a municipal sewage, To Lich River, as well as a workshop on soil formation and colors at another major ecological site, the central island on Red River.

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