Back-to-Back – Week 2: Performance Art

Opening: 13.04.2018
Exhibition on view until 14.04.2018
Location: San Art reading room
3F, 264 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3


A few memories of our past programme Back-to-Back: A Collaborative Series of Discursive Encounters that took place in April 2018.

In week 2 we delved into Performance Art, a complex and non-linear thematic that spans over centuries and geographical boundaries. So instead of trying to create an irrelevant chronology of performance, we decided to change things up! Our participants were paired up and asked to prepare a short presentation on a sub-topic relating to performance, each followed by a group discussion and debate. The topics for our second week of seminars included: the role of the archive vs the ephemerality of performance, delegated performance, body and flesh as taboo, rituals, the politics of performative spaces, the transmission of memory through performance, and issues of sexuality and gender.

Pretty cool, huh?

Spanning over 6 afternoons, Back-to-Back was a month-long public education programme that debated relations of contemporary art in Vietnam to Western canonical models. With the idea of constructing a long-term project that could contribute to the local art scene, Back-to-Back served as our initial starting point where we could examine and dissect theories and practices in art history/curating and exchange our knowledge as either artists, curators, critics or active members of the art scene in Vietnam or abroad. Back-to-Back was organised by Do Tuong Linh, Marie David and Tra Nguyen.

Stay tuned – Back-2-Back will return soon!