From one south-east to another south-east
Artists: Minh Quý Truong (and Freddy Nadolny Poustochkine), Quynh Dong, Quynh Dong, Công Tùng Truong, Que Chi Truong, Dimitris Tsoumplekas
Curatorship: Thu Van Tran
As part of her solo exhibition 24 hours in Hanoi, the artist Thu Van Tran was invited to design a specific program. She invited 4 Vietnamese video artists and a Greek artist to a program entitled D’un sud-est vers un autre sud-est (From one south-east to another south-east.)
Minh Quý Truong was born in 1990 in Buon Ma Thuot, in the central highlands of Vietnam. In 2008, he entered the University of Theater and Film in Ho Chi Minh City to study directing. He left the training at the end of the first year to start working in independent cinema. In 2012, he joined the class of AFA (Asian Film Academy, Busan International Film Festival) and participated in 2016, with Mars in the Well, in the Berlinale Talents selection of the Berlin International Film Festival. Currently, he is part of the team at Ga0, an exhibition space in Ho Chi Minh City.
Quynh Dong was born in 1982 in Hai Phong, the seaport of Hanoi. She graduated in 2004 in graphic design at the School of Design in Biel, and continued her studies in Switzerland with a degree in fine arts at the Bern University of the Arts and then at the University of the Arts in Zurich. In 2013, she joined the residency of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. It is in pop culture that Quynh Dong collects the material for her works; lacquered paintings, New Year’s calendars, decorative miniatures, children’s toys, tropes from popular soap operas are brewed and layered to create landscapes with unlikely cultural motifs.
Born in 1986 in Đắk Lắk, currently based in Hô-Chí-Minh-Ville, Công Tùng Truong graduated from the University of Fine Arts in 2010, specializing in lacquer painting. His practice, since deliberately more intuitive, has expanded to video and installation, drawing inspiration from spiritual culture, micro-history, shamanism, ghosts.
Que Chi Truong (b. 1987) holds a master’s degree in film studies from the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. Active in the world of visual arts and cinema as a filmmaker, artist and curator, her practice examines the spectacle of everyday violence in Vietnam and looks at the complex relationship between archives, memory and imagination. Que Chi Truong has been a board member of the Nhà Sàn Collective, an arts initiative that grew out of Hanoi’s oldest nonprofit arts space, since 2015. She is also a film professor at the Hanoi University of Theatre and Film.
Born in 1967 in Athens, Dimitris Tsoumplekas is a photographer and video artist. His work focuses on the interplay between the private and the public, and how our environment - both personal and collective - shapes individual and social experience. Landscape, both literally and figuratively, dominates his practice.
He is a member of the Depression Era collective, which has included participation in the Thessaloniki Biennale (2015) and the Culturescapes Festival in Basel (2017). In 2018 and 2019, Thu Van Tran and Dimitris Tsoumplekas participate in the group exhibition Anatomy of Political Melancholy (cur. Katerina Gregos) at the Schwarz Foundation (island of Samos) and then at the Athens Conservatory.