Anna Belleforte

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Vietnamese contemporary art and TVs

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 6, 2019 at 9:45 AM

I’m happy to see that there are active studios and art training going on. Much of the art for sale is strongly based on a realistic portrayal of the Vietnamese environment: boat and sea scenes, jumbled towns, agrarian fields, local plants and flowers, culturally inspired portraits… And many have real painterly quality: lots of texture, expressive brushstrokes and palette-knife use, bold colour choices, calligraphic marks, etc. What I’m seeing is only the commercial end of things, probably producing what the tourist is likely to want to buy, but I expect the representational work is also a reflection of Vietnamese identity: this is their reality. It fits in with the ‘paint what you know’ mantra. On the road I also passed another form of creativity: someone using what they knew, or had collected. Bulky old computer monitors piled up into a fence at the perimeter of a property. Ingenious! Just like brick work: great patterns, unified colour and proportions, and maybe even something philosophical? Blank screens, leaving only your own reflection…


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