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Hà Nội exhibition is a family affair

Update: March, 18/2019 - 09:00
An installation by artist Vũ Kim Thư. Photo Nguyễn Bình
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Đối Thoại Thường Ngày (Daily Conversation) exhibition is something of a family affair, with the silk painting and installation art featuring works by a mother-daughter duo.

The exhibit is the first veteran artist Lê Kim Mỹ and her daughter Vũ Kim Thư have displayed their work together, combining Thư’s unique installation works and her mother’s silk paintings of Hà Nội , the host city of the exhibition.

Hàng Vải Street sized at 21cm by 30cm by artist Lê Kim Mỹ

The artworks feature daily life in the capital, from saleswomen sitting under tangled electric wires to the city’s bustling markets.

Despite working in different mediums, the two artists recount the everyday stories they share.

Quiet street in Lunar New Year sized 21cm by 30cm.

"My mother and I often ride a motorbike to the old town to enjoy Hà Nội food like bún or phở on different streets," said Thư. "In that journey, I see how my mother looks at Hà Nội. For me, this exhibition is a view of Hà Nội from the perspective of my mother. This is a very special experience."

Tạ Hiền Street sized at 21cm by 42cm.

According to Thư, the link between their work is that they both live in a family and love Hà Nội.

"Thư still pursues her style that combines (poonah) paper, lantern and installation," said artist Vũ Bạch Liên at the exhibition opening ceremony. "It is great that the mother and daughter have an exhibition together. Uniqueness is the difference in materials and ways of expression. The contemporary installations are harmonious with silk painting."

Quiet street in Lunar New Year sized 30cm by 40cm.

Looking at Mỹ’s works, exhibition visitors can see the street corners, streets, signs, shops and other things that are typical of Hà Nội, in light colours.

Quiet street in Lunar New Year sized 21cm by 30cm.

Unlike her mother, Thư’s works are a combination of Vietnamese paper; Japanese washi paper and Chinese suanzhi paper. Three works of three-dimensional installation are displayed separately at the exhibition.

The exhibition will run at the French cultural institute L’Espace, 24 Tràng Tiền Street until April 30. — VNS


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