* Saigon Open City
Saigon Open City, as a metaphor of the potential of the new city, which recently open itself to the world, will serve as a forum for artists of all disciplines to interact, exchange ideas and support new initiatives. It will be an alternative to the existing model of international art exhibitions, e.g. Biennales and Triennials around the world, providing artists with an opportunity to re-think their cultural marketing, and organizational processes. It will also try to foster and cultivate a contemporary art infrastructure and audience in Vietnam and the neighboring region.
Open City Chapter 1 : LIBERATION
Liberation will be the first chapter of Open City exhibitions. It will focus on social reality portrayed through the daily life of Vietnamese people during Liberation period, as well as the contextual influences which it had on the greater scheme of life on a global scale.
Open City will start with art works produced by Vietnamese artists – the product of Indochina School of Art, the ‘Resistance Class’, Vietnam Diasporas, while in the same moment the exhibition will also focus on the conditions of artistic practices both in the neighboring region as well as on an international level. This chapter of the exhibition is intended to contextualize how society as a whole and its conditions is addressed by artistic practices, and how the theme of Liberation has resonated from a local daily condition into a global effect. The artists and their works will be presented in juxtaposition and contrasts with each other, whereby giving the audience an opportunity to visualize for themselves how different artistic methods and approaches are able to mediate or negotiate and reflect the conditions in society.
The project will be dispersed in between different venues of already existing cultural institutions within Ho Chi Minh City. The institutions will in themselves vary from such spaces as the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Art Museum to the War Remnants Museum and the Woman Revolutionary Museum, as well as such established contemporary art exhibition spaces as the Blue Space Contemporary Art Center and the newer and more recently opened private galleries in Ho Chi Minh City Area. As the theme of the exhibition Open City, the exhibition would like to present to its audiences the possibility of engaging and understanding the already existing context, in which culture and contemporary artistic practices are exhibited, and how this engagement can be an important and fulfilling part of their contemporary daily life.
BANG LAM, BRADFORD EDWARDS,
CHRIS MARKER,CHRISTELLE LHEUREUX, CHUMPON APISUK, CHINH LE
DANG TRAN SON, DAO ANH KHANH, DAO MINH TRI, DINH Q LE, DO HIEN, DO THI NINH, DOAN THAN,
HOANG DUONG CAM, HUY TOAN, HANIM BT MOHAMED KHAIRUDDIN,
KIM TIEN, KAMOL PHAOSAVASDI
LE DUC HAI, LE NGOC THANH, LE HONG HAI, LE VU, LE QUY TONG, LE THANH TRU, LY HOANG LY, LIAM GILLICK,
MARTHA ROSLER, MELLA JAARSMA, MONTIEN BOONMA,
NGUYEN QUANG HUY, NGUYEN MANH HUNG, NGUYEN SIEN, NINDITYO ADIPURNOMO,
PO PO, PHAM NGOC DOANH,
TRUONG TAN, TRAN LUONG,
RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA, GRIDTHIYA GAWEEWONG