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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
Curated by artist, writer and lecturer--and ACC alumna Angel Velasco Shaw, Not Visual Noise is a seminal photography exhibition that features more than 30 artists living in the Philippines and in the Filipino diaspora, many of them ACC alumni. It aims to showcase a diverse range of artists engaged in photography-based art practices whose works broadly represent what is happening in the fields of photography today — from photojournalism, long-form documentary photography to conceptual and installation photography, and web/social media-based projects. The exhibition examines the tension between high/low culture and high/low art photography in a media-saturated world in the hopes of drawing in wider and newer audiences.
Featured artists in this exhibition are National Artist Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, Ezra Acayan, Alex Baluyut, Ringo Bunuoan, Nana Buxani, Geloy Concepcion, Kiri Dalena, Lizza May David, Neil Daza, Kawayan de Guia, Kidlat de Guia, Romina Diaz, Carlo Gabuco, Tommy Hafalla, Nap Jamir, Raffy Lerma, Wawi Navarroza, Neal Oshima, Gina Osterloh, Butch Perez, Rick Rocamora, Emmanuel Santos, Lawrence Sumulong, Stephanie Syjuco, Wig Tysmans, Veejay Villafranca, Boy Yñiguez, and MM Yu.
ACC alumnus Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh; Sarah Mihara Creagen, Canada; Woomin Kim, South Korea; Yue Nakayama, Japan; Anna Parisi, Brazil; Shimpei Shirafuji, Japan; Catalina Tuca, Chile; Ramyar Vala, Iran
The Extraordinary is a group show of eight artists who are individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to the immigration process and at the same time, inspect the system, which requires those selected to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification.
Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events.
Taking place at Hunter East Harlem Gallery (HEHG),the exhibition is generated from an open call where 123 artists applied hailing from 40 different countries.
Eight artists were selected by the prestigious jury made of:
✦ María del Carmen Carrión, Project Manager, Cisneros Institute at MoMA
✦ Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs, The Shed
✦ Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, Queens Museum
✦ Javier Telles, internationally recognized artist
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
Visual artist and ACC alumnus Trần Minh Đức is participating in the group exhibition ‘Singing to the Choir?’ at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre. Born in 1982 in Ho Chi Minh City, Đức is interested in the interactions between the collective and individual, the local and the foreign. His practice interrogates what it means to be Vietnamese in the complex fabric of today’s conflicted world. He graduated from the painting department of the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, his work spanning performance, photography, collage, print-making and installation, exploring social memory and cultural archives through an investigation of historical narrative, colonialism, imperialism and the lasting impact of war and migration.
Discover ‘the Vietnamese’ in Đức’s works which will be displayed at the exhibition ‘Singing to the Choir?’ together with works by artists Phan Anh and Ngọc Nâu. The exhibition opens at 6pm, 8 November 2019 at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre.
Grantee: Tran Minh Duc
NEW ASIAN FUTURISMS
ARTISTS: Saks Afridi | Melissa Chen | Amir-Behan Jahanbin | Firoz Mahmud | JiSoo Lee | Leeroy New |Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth:The Queer Intifada | Eva Wǒ
WORKING GROUP: Ching-In Chen | Wit López | Atif Sheikh | Li Sumpter
September 27 – December 6, 2019 | Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Opening Reception: First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: First Friday, December 6, 6-9pm
Mainstream fictions, especially science fiction of doomed futures and metaphors for oppression often evoke fear. Instead, what if we repaired the imaginations of fragmented pasts and accepted the new formats of allegory, dialogue, expression; accepted the post-human biome. A shift in perspective and observing multiple histories of diverse communities can inspire us to look forward to looking forward. What if we could use a new futurism to create a narrative of hope?
In New Asian Futurism, we asked artists to imagine a place beyond time and space, a backdrop for the imagination of queer, differently abled, of multiplicity of thought; to continue the journeys embarked upon by Afrofuturists like Samuel R. Delaney, Sun Ra and most importantly, Octavia Butler. What if we made the traditional purview of science fiction more inclusive; unapologetically naturalist, spiritual and healing. Responding to these questions with existing media, New Asian Futurism is a public arts program to showcase visual art, digital media, poetry and performance.
Join ACC's community of grantees, staff, alumni, and peers as scholars Mark Wasiuta and Felicity Scott discuss their 2017 ACC Fellowship to Cambodia, Japan, and Vietnam to research the architectural legacy of Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect who transformed the country's built environment in the post-independence period.
About Cultural Conversations: Cultural Conversations provides ACC alumni a platform to share their experience and expertise with a broad network of artists, cultural practitioners, and beyond. We have an exciting lineup for fall 2019.
To RSVP click HERE.
The Congo Biennale is a Congolese contemporary festival of art, which will take place over 33 days in public spaces, a fine Art Institute, gallery spaces, Kin Art Studio space, the French Institute and Bilembo art center. More than 40 artists, designers, architects, art historians, curators, art critics and others from 5 continents, have been invited to propose a project that will be realized and presented as part of this international event in the cosmopolitan city of Kinshasa. ACC alumnus Firox Mahmud is one of the participating artists.
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud