It is impossible to ignore the significant impact and transition Vietnamese people must have experienced as a result of the Vietnam War. It is against this melancholic and transitory backdrop that artists from this region have flourished, and a compelling contemporary art scene has evolved. Having participated in the Global Eye Programme's seminal 'Vietnam Eye' exhibition in Hanoi in 2016, Nigel Hurst, Serenella Ciclitira and Mehta Bell Projects have selected a number of these artists to exhibit during START 2017. Blood, Sweat and Tears hints at the challenging and adverse circumstances these artists have endured, and yet it highlights the fruits of their labours and offers the audience a snapshot of the exciting and dynamic work being produced from this region. The title of the exhibition also alludes to a sense of physicality that runs 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 hints at the struggles and troubles of the past, but it also highlights 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.

Participating artists

Duy Phuong
Hoang Duong Cam
Le Brothers
Ly Hoang Ly
Nguyen The Son
Nguyen Tri Manh
Nguyen Van Du

START 2017

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