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The song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ by Pete Seeger, heard on repeat as part of the flowers artwork, is listed as one of the top 20 most influencing political songs and an anti-war song from the 60s era. It is inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel The Quiet Flows the Don, and by three lines of an Ukrainian folk song: ‘where are the flowers, the girls have plucked them. where are the girls, they’ve all taken husbands. where are the men, they’re all in the army.’
Composed of the word ‘flowers’ in rose coloured neon light writing mounted on the simple cardboard box of a popular Vietnamese instant noodle brand, the work exudes a gentle and tender air. the noodle box is nostalgic and humble, an allusion to childhood years in the subsidized period, when the artist’s mother sold coffee and food to earn a living in hard times. Coming out from the box, a small set of headphones play the song like an echo; its sound creating a heady audio essence that emanates from within. Together, in a modest ode, these elements accentuate the interchange between the physical and intangible factors at play in the work, and slowly unfurl the complex notions of beauty and peace.
about the artist:
Tran Minh Duc (b.1982, Vietnam) is a visual artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam working with the mediums of performance, photography, collage and installation. through a multidisciplinary approach, Tran seeks to explore collective memory and cultural archives by investigating historical narratives, the effects of colonialism and imperialism, and the lasting impacts of war and migration. He is interested in the interactions between the collective and individual, and the local and the foreign; his work forms a personal interrogation of what it means to be Vietnamese in the intricate fabric of contemporaneity. Tran graduated with a BA in painting from the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, and has since exhibited widely in Vietnam and internationally. Tran is an alumnus of ACC -- in 2017, he received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to be in residence at Art in General in New York City, USA. His artwork flowers was previously exhibited with MoT+++ in 2015, and is part of the Post Vidai, a Vietnamese Art Collection.
Grantee: Tran Minh Duc
The Berkshire Art Museum is presenting a group show: “Not Just Another Pretty Picture.” Featured Artists are ACC alumni Firoz Mahmud and Kevin Bubriski, James Allen, Sandra Moore, Saira Wasim, Dan Wolf.
Some artists create for content - and not to make art that looks pretty above the living room couch. Art can be disturbing, but good art prevails. Also exhibiting: “Dark Matter” – Works by the Berkshire Museum Advisory Board Members, and “Death of a Loved One” - 1890s Fashion: Collection of Greg Lafave.” along with ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collection, including Eric Rudd’s huge Iceberg Installation, Robotic Sculpture, and Berkshire Art Museum Annex – A Chapel for Humanity - a massive sculptural epic with 150 life-sized figures, 250 low-relief ceiling figures and a September 11 Memorial Garden, first opened in 2001.
Vantage Point Sharjah 7
6 July—6 October 2019
Gallery 1 & 2, Al Mureijah Square
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Museum
Vantage Point Sharjah 7 (VPS7) is the seventh iteration of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual photography initiative. The open call was extended not only to residents of the UAE and other GCC countries but also to international applicants. This initiative aims to foster photographers’ development and creativity and encourage their engagement with the wider cultural community.
Over 200 applicants with a variety of professional backgrounds, skill sets and interests, responded to VPS7 open call. The exhibition features the work of 36 photographers from over 20 countries, including Republic of Congo, France, Nigeria, Sudan, Russia, South Africa, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates among others. The selected photographs offer viewers a unique perspective on various subjects by using different styles, such as conceptual photography, street photography, land and cityscapes and portraiture. These images further demonstrate a wide range of techniques in both digital and 35mm photography, such as montage, collage, archival reconstruction, infrared and light painting.
The foundation announced its first open call for submissions during the summer of 2013, inviting GCC-based photographers to submit works that fell under the theme ‘Life and Landscapes of Sharjah’. Themes of other Vantage Point exhibitions have included ‘Self-Portraiture’, ‘Performance’ and ‘Architecture and Urban Landscape’.
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
Curated by ACC grantee Jinglun Zhu, Ilana Harris-Babou’s solo exhibition "Clean Lines" presents a new installation that draws on the branding strategies of luxury home-goods companies and the language of twentieth-century zoning laws in the US. The installation activates the surfaces and depths of the window display by expanding on the visual tactics and multilayered contents of her previous video work, Red Sourcebook (2018). In this new iteration, Harris-Babou juxtaposes the sleek lines and aspirational rhetoric of home-furnishing advertising with color-coded maps and texts from the exclusionary policies that continue to shape real estate development in the present.
Grantee: Zhu Jinglun
Vinson Fraley and Tajee will meet in a hotel room in Manhattan. The two complete strangers will perform action scripts on designated hours. A photographer will be in the room to document their actions, freeze the time, and design an unhindered flying route for future viewers. “The first time I entered the room, it did not feel real, it felt like I was in a dream, like none of it was happening.” Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel and Aaron Thompson met every Monday for interviews in Brooklyn Public Library or at the café in a supermarket. The interviews were written on a rather tiny notebook. Once, Thompson took out five dollar bills with an identical serial number. He used one of them to pay for frosted donuts as snacks and signed his name on another. Another live scene within the live scene, we discuss the ruins of control. The room can be traversed and could have been practical to learn the art of storm avoidance.
Commissioned by Taipei Performing Arts Center, directed by ACC alumna Val Au-sen Lee.
Grantee: Lee Au-sen
The Performance 'Welcome (Back) to Saigon, We are from Củ Chi' is a multi version performance work by Đức. The work is inspired by a photograph taken at Địa đạo Củ Chi (The Cu Chi Tunnels site) which is posted on Wikipedia information page of this site. The photograph represents 3 ladies getting dressed up in South Vietnamese traditional costume áo bà ba, khăn rằn and green soldier hat showing that they are playing role of Củ Chi guerrillas at the site now became well-known by tourists who come to Saigon. Vietnam and Saigon Ho Chi Minh City specifically in the recent decades of market oriented economy has shown many positive changes but also interferences in social political history, of the past and the presence.
The three young performers in the performance, this time with Performance festival program Transient Creatures taking place in HCMC in June, will state their welcoming message 'Welcome Back to Saigon' to any people who joins the events to start the conversation(s). Even if one is a veteran coming back to Saigon to search for the traces from the past or they are just very young people who make their first trip to Vietnam as well as multi-national cooperations, they are all Welcomed Back to Saigon by three young citizens saying they are from Củ Chi.
Grantee: Tran Minh Duc