Rising stars Le Duc Hai and Le Ngoc Thanh are twin brothers born in 1975, the year the Vietnam war ended and the country was reunified. Born in the northern part of Vietnam, the artists, known as the Le Brothers, now live and work in Hue in the central part of the country which is also Vietnam's ancient capital and is near to the line that divided North and South Vietnam.
START partnered with the New York Times and Mehta Bell Projects for a talks programme at the 2017event.
The notions of duality and division are evident in their work, often highlighting binary tensions and concepts, also reflected as twin brothers making artwork as one. In their video work 'The Bridge', which was on show as part of the Vietnam Eye: Blood, Sweat and Tears exhibition at START art fair, the past divisions of their country are implicitly alluded to, with each brother seeming to represent each region, uniting and disbanding across a bridge throughout the film. The sense of struggle, restriction, tension and strain is explored through a ritualistic binding of one other with rope and red string. The artists will discuss their practice in the wider perspective of the South Asian and global art scene.
This sense of duality, conflict and identity can be the broader context in which to read the South East Asian art scene against the global art market. Co-Founder of the Global Eye Program and START art fair Serenella Ciclitira and South East Asian Art specialist Loredana Paracciani discussed their work with the Le Brothers and showcasing the South east Asian art scene on a global platform.