START are delighted to partner with the New York Times and Mehta Bell Projects on a talks programme on Saturday 16th September.

Bridging Boundaries: In Conversation with the Le Brothers
Saturday 16th September
2pm Gallery 10
Saatchi Gallery

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. 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 will be 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 discuss their work with the Le Brothers and showcasing the South east Asian art scene on a global platform.

About Le Brothers

LE Brothers were born in Quang Binh in the northern part of Vietnam in 1975. After the reunification of Vietnam in 1975 under communist rule, the brothers moved to live and work in Hue, Vietnam's ancient capital, in the southern part of Vietnam. Torn by the consciousness of their dual southern and northern identity, LE Brothers have developed their artistic practice based on engaging performances and video documentations that comment on the social and political challenges of developing Vietnam. Mirroring each other in most of their works, for LE Brothers are identical twins, they use their physical attributes to mirror the condition of Vietnam as a country scarred by division and reconciliation.

LE Brothers are also the founders of the New Space Arts Foundation, which fosters exchange among international and local artists. Founded in 2008, the foundation is the first artist residency in Vietnam.

About Serenella Ciclitira

Serenella Ciclitira founded the Global Eye Program and START art fair with her husband David Ciclitira. The Global Eye Program is a series of books, awards and exhibition that highlights Asian art scenes. To date Serenella has developed Korean, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesian, Malaysian and Vietnam Eye programs.

About Loredana Paracciani

Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani is an independent art curator, writer and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art. She is based between London and Bangkok. Loredana curated a major exhibition by Le Brothers at the Jim Thompson Art Centre in Thailand. Loredana works extensively with commercial spaces and art institutions in Singapore, Bangkok, London and New York to champion critical issues of Southeast Asian contemporary art and culture through the works of emerging and established artists from the region. Her curatorial practice is based on rigorous research and consistent dialogue with artists. Loredana is currently working on INTERLACED JOURNEYS: Diaspora and the Contemporary in Southeast Asian Art, to be published in 2017, a debut compilation of essays.

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