In the exhibition ‘Scenes of the Imago’, artist Nghĩa Đặng uses objects whose forms bear the familiarity and intimacy of a house, installing them on a stage, where fragments of ‘shadow’ (his subconscious) are intertwined and revealed by examining the link between stage (the exhibition) – object (the art) – human (the audience).
At this talk, the artist will not only share more about his art but also propose an approach to the idea of the ‘stage’ in his installation; to speak of scale and positionality of objects in the space to create what he calls active ‘scenes’. Viewers are not only spectators but also an integral part of the work as these static objects are made active (thus meaningful) by their presence. By diving deeper the subconscious, Nghĩa Đặng’s artworks reveal a leeway for explorations of the continuum of the mirror stage in the personal history of the artist, to the most primordial state of his self. Such a setting seeks to evoke an uncanny atmosphere of the liminal space between violence and healing, between familiarity and alienation, between the unconscious and the conscious.
This talk will be conducted in Vietnamese with English translation. Due to space limitation, please kindly be on time to secure your participation.
This exhibition is part of ‘Materialize’, a program initiated by The Factory, this particular edition co-sponsored by Indochina Arts Partnership. This program aims to provide exhibition opportunities for Vietnamese artists over the age of 25, who live in Vietnam and have had little opportunity to showcase their art.
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