|The research described the fluctuation of the Red River and its role with regard to spiritual monuments’ relocations and modifications.|
HÀ NỘI — Goethe Institut will host the exhibition Vestige of a Land which will present part of a collaborated project during six months between artist Lê Giang, Sino-Nom researcher Nguyễn Đình Hưng, architect Phạm Thanh Thủy, and environmental consultant Nguyễn Thùy Dương on communal houses in Northern Việt Nam and alongside the Red River’s water flow.
The body of work mirrored the fluctuation of the Red River and its role upon spiritual monuments’ relocations and modifications. Throughout the research process, the importance of these sites have been reinvestigated. Due to historical social changes and educational reforms, the liaison between modern society and the past has been heavily disrupted. These alternations drastically transformed social activities that once took place within the monuments. Much of the surviving structures are falling into decay and slowly losing their architectural identities.
Regarding these spiritual relics’ disappearances, the exhibition boasts a question in connection with the ability of traversing oneself within the present while visualising about the future.
The exhibition Vestige of a Land is part of the project Shaping the future – A cultural perspective, which was founded and supported by the Goethe-Institut Hanoi.
The free entry exhibition will open from 6pm tomorrow, and run until January 12, 2018. Goethe-Institut Hanoi is at 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học Street. An artist talk will be held on December 20, at 7pm. — VNS