September 28, 2005
A year ago an exciting group of young artists from France arrived in Vietnam conducting advance research for the Wonderful District planning: a new arts space for residences, workshops, exhibitions, lectures, and concerts. Members from ProjectOne met with Sandrine, Bertrand and Ghislain and through our conversations shared a hope for a better future for the contemporary arts scene in Vietnam. Three of the five members of WD relocated to Vietnam earlier this year, first in HCMC and now have established the space in the official UNESCO city of Hoi An. Based in Hoi An, WD will continue to organize arts events throughout Vietnam including upcoming solo exhibitions co-sponsored at Gallery Quynh in HCMC. Bertrand will show in October and Sandrine in December. Both I and ProjectOne hope to continue to work on varying levels with WD in the near term. Below is an excerpt from their catalog which can be downloaded in pdf format:
Wonderful District is a platform dedicated to contemporary creation, in which coexist spaces for living, for working, for browsing, for exhibitions, including outdoor terraces, a café-restaurant, workshops, multimedia studio, bookshop and gallery space. Wonderful District is situated in Hoi An, with actions held in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Wonderful District aims to participate in the dynamic 'opening up' of the country, concentrating on the specific sector of Vietnamese and international contemporary creation.
More precisely, its objective and ambition is:
» to present the work of Vietnamese and international artists during exhibitions held at Wonderful District and elsewhere, in collaboration with other organisations in Vietnam or abroad ;
» to welcome and provide accommodation for the Vietnamese and foreign artists and to help them realise
» to support the exchange of ideas and knowledge between artists through workshops based on themes or
» to promote the contemporary Vietnamese arts scene abroad, and the international scene in Vietnam.
» to bring together various forms of creativity (visual arts, performing arts, literature...) in one dynamic venue.
» to bring to the Vietnamese public a larger variety of information on contemporary creativity worldwide through cultural events, lectures, publications and a resource centre.
» to create a congenial relationship between the artists, their creations, and the public, using the centre a
festive place to meet.
Posted by rst at September 28, 2005 01:00 PM
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