Spring Watching Pavilion
Void Gallery Derry
3rd- October- 14 November 2015
Art Labor Collective, Dinh Q. Lê, The Propeller Group, Lin + Lam, Ngoc Nau, Linh Phuong Nguyen, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Nguyễn Trinh Thi,Tran Minh Duc
Spring Watching Pavilion presents the first major exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art in Ireland. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the ‘Fall of Saigon’ and the end of the Vietnam/ American war. Spring Watching Pavilion exhibits the work of 14 artists who mostly work in lens based media and participatory/socially engaged practice. The historical residues of the war through memory, personal narratives, hope and mourning are woven into a multi layered reflection on the complexity of contemporary Vietnamese life. The artists in Spring Watching Pavilion in a variety of formal and conceptual ways present a dynamic layering of temporality and looking. In directing attention to perspective and point of view the artists gathered here create both a poetic and ethical vantage point which speaks to the current complexities of the geo-political global environment.
The title of this exhibition is taken from a poem of the same name by the 19thcentury Vietnamese poet Hồ Xuân Hương.