The exhibition Trùng mù - endless, sightless by Nguyen Phuong Linh invites audiences to journey through the medium and metaphor of light as a process of opening your eyes to memory. Trùng mù loosely translates as endless and sightless. This idea is informed by the complex geopolitical terrain of Vietnam, paying attention to the undercurrents of history. With narratives resulting in blind spots, the artist turns to the task of excavation.
Through installation and videos artworks, attention is drawn to your eye line focus through both the brightening of reality and the dimming of various stories revealing how memory is a ghostly and shadowy presence. The artworks contain references as diverse as the remains of a catholic church in Northern Vietnam to the urban synthetic light used to dry pigment quickly in nail parlours. Interested in Vietnamese mythology, the artist used folklore premised on the idea that after death,ghosts never leave and remain anintegral part of the architectural fabric of a house.
The constellation of artworks begins abstractly and progressively becomes more concrete in imagery, analogous to a waking up to the world as the light pours in giving sense to the often used statement, "I see."
This exhibition contains smoke.
Please cover your feet with shoe covers provided at entrance.
Please do not touch the artworks.
Children must be closely supervised at all time.
An exhibition by BACC Arts Network Department
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Han Nefkens Foundation