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Modern art reflects on ruined world

Update: December, 03/2013 - 10:57
Aftermath of modernisation: A map on display at Tiffany Chung's show at Galerie Quynh.

HCM CITY  (VNS) — Tiffany Chung, one of Viet Nam's most prominent contemporary artists, will have her new and recent works presented at two locations of Galerie Quynh from December 4 to January 10, 2014.

A gallery press release says the shows are part of a larger, ongoing series of works entitled The Galapagos Project, which confronts the current wreckage of the world by examining the aftermath of colonisation and modernisation.

At the Main Gallery at 65 De Tham Street, District 1, Chung will present two new maps, one based on flood predictions for the city in 2050, the other on defunct coal mines in Yamaguchi.

Also showing will be a two-channel video installation "portraying an allegorical fantasy imagining the end of the human race, and her ‘floating town' that premiered at the Singapore Biennate in 2011," the release says.

At the Downtown Gallery (Level 2, 151/3 Dong Khoi Street, District 1), she will show an archaeology project for future remembrance that reflects on Thu Thiem, the 657ha master plan for a new urban area in HCM City on the banks of the Saigon River.

The project is based on research done in collaboration with Erik Harms, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Yale University.

Chung has participated in numerous museum exhibitions and biennials around the world, including Sharjah Biennial (2013), UAE; California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2013), US; Welcome to the Jungle, Museum of Contemporary Art Kumamoto, Japan (2013).

Her upcoming projects will be presented at Carre d'Art – Musee d'Art Contemporain, Nimes, France; Lieu-Commun Espace d'Art Contemporain, Toulouse, France; AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, US; Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas, US; and Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, US (2014). — VNS


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