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Conscious Realities

PROD/PONDER

Organized by San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Supported by the Prince Claus Fund Network Partnership, The Netherlands

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Le Giang

Artist
Hanoi, Vietnam

BIO

Lê Giang was born in Hà Nội in 1988. She earned BA in Art Education at Vietnam Fine Art University and MA in Fine Art at University of the Arts London. Le Giang’s point of departure is the question of the role of human in nature and social structure. Intrigued by the Utopia that have none of human, her practice is an attempt to research and depict how nature would react to the disappearance of human, what legacy human would left behind and what life form would take place after human.

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Arin Rungjang

Artist
Bangkok, Thailand

BIO

Arin Rungjang (born 1974 in Bangkok) lives and works in Bangkok. His practice involves different media, mainly video and site-specific installations. As he dives into the depths of history and day-to-day experiences, he skillfully dissects his material to propose a reinterpretation of major events, seen through the prism of more minor ones. By multiplying temporal and spatial references, he expects his public to reconstitute these different layers.

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Karen Fiss

Writer, Curator
and Professor of visual studies
San Francisco, USA
5 January - 6 February 2015

BIO

Karen Fiss is a writer, curator, and professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her current research examines the impact of nation branding on the visual production of citizenship and collective memory in the wake of political trauma and national “unification.”

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Agung Hujatnikajennong

Curator, Writer
Bandung, Indonesia
1 December - 31 December 2014

BIO

Agung Hujatnika a.k.a. Agung Hujatnikajennong, was born in 1976 in Tasikmalaya, Indonesia. He obtained a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Art and Design at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB, 2012) in Bandung, Indonesia; carried out curatorial residency programs in Australia and Japan. Since 1999, he has been contributing as writer, and curating many exhibitions, and presenting in any international seminars in Indonesia and abroad

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Docta

Graffiti artist, designer and slam poet
Senegal
1 June - 30 June 2015

BIO

Docta is a graffiti artist, designer and slam poet of Senegalese origin, true GODFATHER of African graffiti, one of the pioneers of this urban art in West Africa.

Docta’s customised lettering is nothing short of variety, it combines wild style, calligraphic writing, 3D, and African masks… under an atmosphere of color and technique of subliminally artistic background with strong messages that speak to all generations.

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Than Sok

Artist
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
4 August - 4 September 2014

BIO

Than Sok (born 1984, Takeo) investigates religious and spiritual beliefs, materials and rituals through sculpture, installation, video and performance. Than graduated from Reyum Art School in 2005 and Reyum Workshop in 2007, and is currently studying architecture at Norton University, Phnom Penh. Group exhibitions include Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, ifa, Berlin + Stuttgart (2013), Video: An Art, A History, Singapore Art Museum (2011). Than was a resident with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC (2013), and S-AIR, Sapporo (2011). Than's work is collected by the Singapore Art Museum.

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Khadim Ali

Artist
Sydney/Kabul/Quetta, Australia
7 April - 23 April 2014

BIO

Khadim Ali was born in 1978 in Quetta, Pakistan. From 1998–99, he studied mural painting and calligraphy in Tehran, Iran. He earned a BFA at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (2003), where he studied traditional miniature painting. Having moved to Sydney in 2010, he earned an MFA at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2012). Ali now lives and works in Sydney, Quetta, and Kabul

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Adriana Bustos

Multimedia Artist
Buenos Aires, Argentina
6 March - 1 April 2014

BIO

Adriana Bustos was born in Córdoba in 1965, currently lives and works in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts Figueroa Alcorta and Psychology at National University of Córdoba. The investigative and documentary nature of her work consists of photography, video and drawing. She participated in many residencies all over the world: Colmbia, Argentina, Brazil, the UK, France etc… and more recently has done solo projects in ARCO, Madrid, Frize New York and University of Alaska, USA

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Art Labor

Artist & Scientist Collective
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
10 September 2013 - 27 April 2014

PROJECT

For over a year Art Labor has been collaborating with an anthropologist, ophthalmologist and medical architect, researching the influence of psychiatry, medicine and spirituality on the understanding of sickness and illiteracy by Vietnamese society. Their research is showcased with an exhibition, which will include painting on various mediums like ceramic tiles, X-ray film backings in addition to specific installations, sculpture and video art.

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The Weather Bureau

Artist collective
Manila, Philippines
10 November - 9 December 2013

PROJECT

Based on their ongoing exploration on using food as material in recreating and photographing natural disasters, ‘The Weather Bureau’ (represented in Saigon by Lena Cobangbang) decided to make an installation that refers to the tenuous relationship between concepts of survival, preservation and consumption. In this installation the refrigerator is used as a metaphorical and visual platform for their objects and tableaus. The wealth and diversity of the food culture of Vietnam provides a veritable source for exploration for this artistic duo.

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Jompet Kuswidananto

Artist
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
May 2013


COLLABORATOR

Nguyen Manh Hung

PROJECT

As part of ‘Conscious Realities’, both artists were invited to work together to consider the role of ‘mythologies’ in their art – one of the key central subjects in this program. Both Jompet and Manh Hung’s art refer to the ‘myth’ of their societies, intrigued by human social behavior and its idiosyncrasies; the control of cultural memory by the State and the way military formations affect one’s visual sense of authority

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