|Woman of the cloth: Artist Võ Trân Châu will showcase her works at her first solo exhibition Lingering at the Peculiar Pavilion), which will be opened on Saturday at Manzi Art Space. — Photo courtesy by Manzi|
HÀ NỘI — Sàn Art and Manzi Art Space have co-organised artist Võ Trân Châu’s first solo exhibition, Neo Lại Kỳ Lâu (Lingering at the Peculiar Pavilion), which opens on Saturday at 6.30pm.
Since the six-month long residency at Sàn Art Laboratory in mid-2015, Châu has been tracing the descendants of the Nguyễn Dynasty (1802-1945) to create thủy ảnh (water-image). This work remakes long cổn, the emperor’s ritual garment, by sowing together patches of the descendants’ clothing.
Continuing this research, linking the past historical context with the present, Châu develops a body of work consisting of embroidered paintings, fabric sculptures, and a unique form of mosaic tapestry/painting not often seen in Việt Nam. This solo exhibition creates an illusory space between forgetting and remembering, between current affairs and autobiographical elements, to create discourse on the psychology of our very era that seems to embody a recurrent uneasiness, looping between the past and future.
The Nguyễn court was erected in Huế. Geographically speaking, the city lies in the central of the country. In the exhibition, Châu guides viewers on an imaginary excursion to an alternative Huế City, where selective symbols earn new narratives.