Jan 30 2015

San Art Director curates for the Jewish Museum in New York

Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video features 4 video works by Vietnamese artists, curated by Zoe Butt.

Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128
January 30 – February 26, 2015


‘Over the course of two years, Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Media continues to explore new works selected by twenty-five curators from different countries, introducing New York audiences to the latest developments in filmmaking within the art context worldwide. This focuses on Viet Nam marks the halfway point of the Sights and Sounds series, following an eventful first year of presentations spanning five continents. Each curator has chosen new film and video works from their respective regions – including Argentina, Vietnam, Nigeria, New Zealand, Egypt, and others. Their selections are screened for one month each in the Museum’s newly refurbished media center, which has been transformed into a miniature cinema. The works in Sights and Sounds touch on themes significant to both Jewish culture and universal human experience, including spirituality, exile, language, conflict, family, humor, and history.  The Sights and Sounds exhibition series will culminate in a 2016 conference and a publication with curatorial statements, essays, film stills, and descriptions. […]’

Zoe also has a few words introducing her curated section:
‘Artists face unique challenges in Vietnam, where they are closely monitored by government and depictions of history are often heavily edited. Despite these limitations, they incisively confront the experience of military control, the mythologizing of the past, and the power of broadcast and print media. Nguyen Trinh Thi’s Landscape Series #1 explores the idea of landscapes as quiet witnesses to history through photographs of people outdoors around Vietnam. The Propeller Group’s The Dream documents a Honda Dream motorcycle, a highly coveted status symbol, as it is gradually stripped of its parts over the course of a night on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. UuDam Tran Nguyen’s Waltz of the Machine Equestrians – The Machine Equestrians provides a humorous critique of contemporary social values by depicting a pack of motorcyclists riding through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City as if part of a military equestrian parade. Pham Ngoc Lân’s The Story of Ones offers a glimpse into the social ritual of Hanoi residents as they listen to the national radio on the streets in the early morning.’

Most of the works in this series have been exhibited at San Art for the local community. Now they travel continuously to New York. Congratulations to the artists!

Image credits from top to bottom:

1. Nguyen Trinh Thi, Landscape Series #1, 2013, video, sound, 5 min. Artwork © Nguyen Trinh Thi, provided by the artist

2. UuDam Tran Nguyen, Waltz of the Machine Equestrians—The Machine Equestrians, 2012, video, sound, 3 min. Artwork © UuDam Tran Nguyen, provided by the artist

3. The Propeller Group, The Dream, 2012, video, 4 min., 20 sec. Artwork © The Propeller Group, provided by the artist

4. Phạm Ngọc Lân, The Story of Ones, 2011, video, sound, 9 min., 18 sec. Artwork © Pham Ngọc Lân, provided by the artist