Art exhibition of riverscapes in Hanoi

An exhibition of artworks titled ’Riverscapes in Flux’ by local and international artists is being held at the Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi.

The Goethe-Institute has organised the exhibition, inviting 17 young artists from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines to reflect in their work the ecological as well as socio-economic and cultural changes that riverscapes in these countries are currently experiencing.

The Red River and the Mekong Delta, the Irrawaddy and the Chaopraya: Southeast Asia is characterized by big river landscapes like no other place on earth. Yet these lifelines and vital ecosystems are acutely endangered by the consequences of socio-economic development and climate change.  The riverscapes, and with them the livelihoods of millions of people, face threat of destruction.

17 art works include multimedia installations and photo series, videos and object installations. The exhibition will run until April 29.

A discussion between Vietnamese artists Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Nguyen The Son and Luong Hue Trinh, facilitated by curator Tran Luong took place on April 13.

The “Green Art Weekend” featuring a series of activities such as movies, discussions, a science slam on the issue of climate change, games and creative activities will take place on April 21-22.

The display aims to contribute toward raising awareness about the invaluable ecological and cultural heritage which the river landscapes in Southeast Asia represent and create networks between artists beyond borders.

The event then will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from May 12 – 27.
Goethe-Institute will subsequently present the exhibition in Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Jakarta and Manila.

Compiled by Kim Khanh

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