« Muted Conversations », a sacred exhibition

The art of photography handled with delicacy and talent by Dat Vu opens its doors to us through the exhibition “Muted Conversations” at the Factory, the center of contemporary art in Ho Chi Minh. This exhibition is the first in the series of ‘Materialize’, a program that aims to provide exhibition opportunities for Vietnamese artists who have had little chance to create exhibitions of their art in Vietnam. Travel between rites and practices, from spirituality to religion in Vietnam, you can still enjoy this series of photographs until September 17th.

Between modernity and tradition

Her father’s side being Catholic and her mother’s being Buddhist, she approaches this subject with all its nuances and perspectives without claiming a religion. Her photographs testify to the evolution of those practices and how religion adapts to today’s societal norms and contemporary movements. Thus, the artist captures daily scenes of the country that show these rites as integral but unconscious parts of their lives. This gives touching photographs, which can make us smile and symbolize this famous “Muted Conversations” between an environment that modernizes cohabiting with the practice of the spirituality of this country. The photo of online players in a cyber space below an altar dedicated to ancestors or that one of the cat making use of the offerings to hydrate himself are artistic examples.

exhibition factory art center 2

Between emptiness and omniscience

Without ostentatious signs of a religious practice, we are also faced with works staged and full of opposition. Indeed, she manages to create through this art, a magnificent oxymoron: the presence of the vacuum. The picture of the suspended waterproof mantle highlights the shape of an uninhabited body in the void while the contortionary stair occupies the space.

A visual language blurring the distinction between documentation and imagination while integrating the aestheticism of the image. Inspired by the book “Evidence” by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, this compilation of photographs led her  to mount her images, to direct the function and the meaning without giving more information on the context of these. The photo becomes existing within the exhibition at this precise moment, fallen from any old context of taking. The layout of non-aligned works in space is also intriguing because it removes an order to be followed, a step and thus adapts itself to the theme of spirituality.

exhibition factory art center 1


Up next

After the exhibition finishes editing all her material, the artist plans perhaps work on producing a book. Meanwhile, the exhibition « Muted Conversations » at the Factory allows her to get feedback from a Vietnamese audience by inviting them to approach the experience of photography in a different but very familiar way. She also asks them to question her photographs and engage their own meaning based on their personal experience.

For more info: http://factoryartscentre.com |[email protected] | +84 (0)28 3744 2589 | The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Du, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

How to Create a Vietnamese Style Wall with a Wallpaper

With its dynamic range of colors, styles, and motifs, Asian culture has long profoundly impacted interior design. The influence of Far Eastern culture is evident in the appearance of all things Japanese and Chinese, from cherry blossoms to pagodas to koi fish. Even so, one part of Asia has left little impression on Western designers:

Read More »

Is 3D Pen Good for Children?

Children are curious by nature. Being as well really creative and imaginative, they would like to explore the globe. Build up stuff. Playing with colorful things can open their visions. 3d pen is, as precisely represented, a game-changer. It appears like every day pens with just a couple of changes. How does it benefit the

Read More »

5 Benefits Of Hiring Experts For Car Ceramic Coating

Sydney is one of the most highly populated places in Australia. Around 38 per cent of the people here own a car. If you’re like other people, you take pride in your vehicle. You wash and wax it often and keep it looking as good as possible. But even with all of your efforts, sometimes

Read More »

6 Unique Uses For Your Pillow Cover

How you use your pillow cover can be just as important as the actual pillow itself when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Whether you’re trying to eliminate bedbugs, adjust the temperature in your room, or just want to spruce up your bedroom, there are plenty of options for making your pillow cover

Read More »

5 Rewarding Careers in Healthcare Where You Can Make a Difference

Eleven out of the top 20 jobs on the Bureau of Labor Statistics list of the fastest growing careers are in the health care industry. Analysts say that there are two reasons for this expansion: one is that the huge baby boom population is aging, and the other is Obama’s health care initiative. There is much more to a

Read More »