VIETNAM EYE - BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS


Breaking free

Blood, Sweat and Tears hinted at the challenging and adverse circumstances these artists have endured, and yet it highlighted the fruits of their labours and offered the audience a snapshot of the exciting and dynamic work being produced from this region.

The title of the exhibition also alluded to a sense of physicality that ran throughout the exhibition, whether it is the physical binding of each other in the Le Brothers' video work, Nguyen Tri Manh physical 'throwing' of paint in his performance or Nguyen Van Du's use of blood in his paintings. Blood, Sweat and Tears hinted at the struggles and troubles of the past, but it also highlighted the confidence, forward-thinking and creativity of a group of artists that are breaking free of their war-torn heritage to offer a fresh, outward looking perspective.

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 Nguyen The Son - D8 Thanh Cong
2016, Photo relief, 114x90x11cm 
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Hoang Duong Cam - Representation in the meaning of a metaphor for a forest as endoscopy/links between locations no.3
2007-2008, Digital C-print, 120 x 187 cm, Edition 4/7 
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Duy Phuong - Holding Water No.10
2012, C-print on foamex PVC, 40 x 60 cm 

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