Nguyễn Hồng Ngọc, Trần Minh Đức (Đức Flyingbay), Phan Anh and Nguyễn Hoàng Giang – four critically acclaimed emerging to mid-career artists, coming from different backgrounds and contexts, showcase their aesthetic and conceptual responses to the theme ‘Who Am I?’, as a means to better understand their role in the current social world, and to reflect on the times in which they live. Born during the post-war period (between the 1980s and 1990s), these artists are as much anchored and intrigued by Vietnam’s tumultuous past, as they are conscious and mindful of their position as makers and chroniclers of the country’s current history. Utilizing a broad array of different mediums, the artists will tackle a range of issues – from the legacy of (often forgotten) historical narratives; the relationship between the contemporary man, their faith and living environment; urban development and human migration; to the significance of personal history; and changes in human social behaviours as a consequence of the development of technology. ‘Who Am I?’ aims to highlight how artistic production can liaise with specific community (physically or in memory of), recalling cultural memory in ways that are both personal and collective.
*Image courtesy of the artist.