BIS Visual Arts Exhibition

Every year BIS year-13 students showcase the fruits of their work, after finishing the IB Visual Arts course at British International School of HCMC. Here are a few select pieces, expressing who they are and what they think of the world around them. Artist: Nguyet Vo Artist: Nguyet Vo Artist: Nguyet Vo Artist: Vivi Nguyen Artist:

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Paw Pixels

Time to get Fido and Whiskers ready for their close-ups Fluffy cats with pouty expressions and pugs posed with their paws in the air are pretty much the stuff that makes any human being smile. If your Instagram feed is mostly celebrity pets, Lil Bub and your own cuddly, fourlegged friend, then you’re going to want to read about Thomas Ritchie’s (www. thomasritchiephotography.co.uk)

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My Life As a Bird Artist

Capturing the inherent beauty of birds through ink and paper As I write this, I’m sitting outside on my balcony with a morning cup of tea, listening to the birds singing and planning the day. My own two parrots are out here with me and I’m watching a kingfisher pair spend time together on their favorite branch next to the river. In this moment of tranquility, it’s easy

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Guerilla tactics

MoT+++ and Sàn Art present the first solo exhibition of ceramics by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Quoc Chanh Nguyen Quoc Chanh is an acclaimed poet, admired by his peers and audiences in Vietnam and overseas. His first collection of poems was published in 1990 and his work has been translated into many languages. His lesser-known ceramic work caught

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Historical Awakening

An exhibition where art and artists respond to the challenges of their socio-political circumstances American film directors Ken Burns and Linda Novick interviewed more than 79 witnesses for their epic 10-part television series The Vietnam War (called The American War in Vietnam)—now playing to millions of viewers across the US. The documentary film dovetails in time and approach with the current New York exhibition

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Down to a Fine Art

Zunk, a central figure in Hanoi’s street art scene, discusses hip-hop, supporting the community and the future of Vietnamese graffiti I meet Zunk by the corner of the Cuban Embassy. We walk together down a few alleyways, heading to his studio for the next few months. As we walk, something about him immediately strikes me. He has a way about

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Abandoned by Heaven

Where is Vietnamese society heading if it fails to cultivate and nurture its centuries-old traditional folk art and cultural practices? At first glance, the paintings of Bui Thanh Tam’s Abandoned by Heaven collection project an air of innocence and a pollyanish sense of contentment. The doe-eyed figures in the paintings look to be in the midst of living happy

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TAG a Friend

Saigon’s thriving graffiti culture may surprise you It’s hard to think of graffiti without the connotations of illegality. Tagging, which rose to prominence in the 90s, has always been seen as an art form for youth and rebellion. However, now that it has surfaced and gained in popularity and prominence, classes and workshops on the matter are freely available even to

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Behind the Scenes

Sometimes behind great actors there’s a great acting coach About a decade ago, a number of Overseas Vietnamese film professionals began to make names for themselves here in the emerging local movie industry. They were directors, actors & actresses, and producers—many of them the kids of “boat people” families who’d grown  up to become film studies students and enthusiasts back home before fashioning careers

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The Director’s Cut

Vietnam’s film industry: Past, Present and Future In October of 1995, Othello Khanh landed in Saigon armed with a Hi8 camcorder and Walkman, a tripod, and a revolutionary attitude. Having just completed a documentary about Mexico’s Zapatista Uprisng, which had him living there amongst the rebel forces, the young guerilla filmmaker’s arrival in Vietnam coincided with the lift of the US Embargo, which effectively marked a new beginning for

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