|Cultural work: Tùng’s video installation work paints a bleak portrait and contemplates the state of a community confronted with numerous upheavals. Photo hanoigrapevine.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Artist Trương Công Tùng continues to present his deep-rooted fascination with the history and culture of the Gia Rai -- the largest ethnic group in Việt Nam’s Central Highlands where he comes from, through the exhibition Across the Forest which will open at 6pm today at Nhà Sàn Collective.
Fusing folklore elements with his personal observations of the landscape and the lives of the modern Gia Rai people, Tùng’s video installation work paints a bleak portrait and contemplates the state of a community confronted with numerous upheavals.
Born in 1986 in Đắk Lắk and currently based in HCM City, Tùng graduated from the HCM University of Fine Arts in 2010 with a degree in lacquer painting, but has since expanded his practice to video and installation. Intrigued by unexplainable occurrences, he draws a lot of his inspiration from spiritual culture, oral history and micro-history, bringing them into his works to continuously explore themes such as social change, ethnicity, religion and politics.
He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Sweden, South Korea, Germany, Hong Kong and Việt Nam.
Across the Forest opens to the public from October 14 to November 6, from Wednesday to Sunday, 3-7pm. Nhà Sàn Collective is located on the 15th floor, Hanoi Creative City Building, 01 Lương Yên Street, Hai Bà Trưng District. — VNS