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Speakers: artist Đỗ Hoàng Tường, film maker Trương Minh Quý, collector Dominic Scriven
Date: 14 July 2017
Time: 5.30PM – 9PM
Location: The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền W., D2, HCMC

This panel discussion will open up conversation around the question of ego in contemporary art, seen from the different angles of artist Đỗ Hoàng Tường, filmmaker Trương Minh Quý and collector Dominic Scriven (representative for the Dogma collection and the Dogma Prize for self portraiture). Is self-expression just a massaging of the artist’s ego?

Artists have long integrated images of themselves in their art. Whether it be via painting, sculpture, drawing, photography or film, artists play with narrative between internal and external understandings of who they are in the world. This discussion aims to ask of what role artists have in society today and how can the genre of portraiture be expanded to include a broader understanding of the construction of an ‘ego’ (its social, cultural, economic, psychological make-up).

This panel discussion is organized in association with ‘I, Me, Mine’ exhibition.

Before the panel discussion, a special screening of Trương Minh Quýs self-portrait film trilogy will be screened at The Factory.

Program schedule:


5:30 – Someone is going to forest (2013) – 29 mins
6:00 – Mars in the well (2014) – 19 mins
6:20 – The man with the red nails (2016) – 29 mins


7:00 – Art discussion with Đỗ Hoàng Tường, Trương Minh Quý and Dominic Scriven
8:30 – FAQ.
9:00 – End.

This event will have English translation. Please be on time to ensure the best seats.
For more information, please contact: ha.phan@factoryartscentre.com | +84 (0)8 3744 2589

Photo credit: Still from Mars In The Well, directed by Truong Minh Quy and Freddy Nadolny Poustochkine.


Đỗ Hoàng Tường was born in Quảng Nam, graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University in 1984, belongs to an influential generation of abstract painters in the South of Vietnam in the 1990s. Since the final abstract paintings exhibition in 2000, Đỗ Hoàng Tường returned to figurative art. From a classical perspective, and the narrative space of his paintings, he shows the desire of a founding condition of a new subjectivity: to put into practicability the fantasy of being able to repair the loss and restore the violent destruction of our condition as human beings.

Do’s signature figures are often stretched or contorted in torment, their legs in sexualized pose with bodies in disproportion as if they exist in a world spent of desire. With Đỗ Hoàng Tường’s artworks, the ego internalizes the anger associated with the violence of loss; a violence that is represented by the figure of the wolf. Artistic practice, for Đỗ Hoàng Tường, seems to be more than a therapeutic process: it is a good departure from the trauma of the history, for the artist to release his creativity.

Đỗ Hoàng Tường currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City. His works are presented in art fairs is Singapore and Italy, also represented in the public collections of the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts public collections of the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi and the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum. Select notable exhibitions include: ‘Personal Structures’, European Cultural Center and GAA Foundation, Venice, Italy, 2017; Open, Vietnam Fine Art Museum, Hanoi, 2016; ‘Eagles Fly, Sheep Flock: Biographical Imprints’, Artistic Practices in Southeast Asia, Singapore, 2015; ‘Dawn: Four Artists from Vietnam’, Cuc Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2012; ‘of reveries and obsessions’, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2010; ‘Beneath my skin’, IFA gallery, Shanghai, China, 2009; ‘Vietnam Mon Amour’, Mc2gallery, Milan, Italy, 2009; ‘New Figuration in Vietnamese Painting and Sculpture’, Monash University, Australia, 2005.


Trương Minh Quý is a filmaker who was born in Buon Ma Thuot, a small city in The Central Highlands of Vietnam. Childhood private memories and hometown’s landscape are the material throughout his films. In his films, he has experimented to combine the abstract concepts-images with the realistic improvisations during the shooting.

His films have been selected in the international film festivals and the international exhibitions such as Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Busan, VideoBrasil, Les Rencontres Internationalles Paris&Berlin. In 2012, he attended AFA (Asian Film Academy, Busan International Film Festival) and in 2016, he attended Berlinale Talents (Berlin International Film Festival).


Dominic Scriven (from Dogma Collection)

The Dogma Collection was created by Dominic Scriven, a British collector who has lived in Vietnam for 25 years. First emerged in Hanoi in the 1990’s, Dogma is driven by an archival passion for Vietnam’s uniquely colorful and powerfully graphic Propaganda messaging. At the same time, Dogma developed an admiration for the emerging world of contemporary artists that acted as a mirror for Renovation-era Vietnam. The Dogma Collection exists as a tribute to the place of art in Vietnam, both in wartime, and in peace and modernity.

The Dogma Prize was established in 2009 and is funded by the independent Dogma Collection. The Prize occurs approximately every two years. The purpose of the Prize is to encourage and promote Vietnamese artists, whether resident in Vietnam or overseas, through a focus on self-portraiture, of all disciplines. The fifth Dogma Prize in 2017 marks an evolution, emphasizes the Prize’s focus on encouraging younger and more experimental artists, practicing on various mediums apart from painting.

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