For artist Nguyen Thuy Tien, playing with food is more than a hobby. By arranging food on white plates, she creates installations that reflect facets of her personality.
“I found that my youth has some similarities with these food items, which are wet, colourful and changing, sometimes hiding strength and sometimes ruin,” said Tien.
Her work is on display at an exhibition at Nha San Collective called Narratives of Exposure, which also features Jamie Maxtone Graham.
The word “exposure” hints at the exhibition’s goal of bringing contemporary art to Vietnamese audiences, especially young people.
Graham took pictures of people waiting, representing a variety of ages and genders. Each person reacts in a different way.
The exhibition celebrates the 16th anniversary of the creative space Nha San. The year 2014 marked a turning point for Nha San Collective as it moved to a new space at 24 Ly Quoc Su Street.
The collective was formed as a studio where artists can create, collaborate, receive advice and have the chance to meet international artists and curators. In addition to housing exhibits, it’s also a place for local artists to develop ideas and improve the quality of their work.
Besides organising exhibitions, film screenings, performances and open studios, the new venue hosts discussions with artists and professionals, educational workshops and art tours. These activities have been successful in attracting a larger audience, especially young people.
The exhibition will run until January 5 at Nha San Collective (24 Ly Quoc Su Street, Ha Noi).