Lingering at the Peculiar Pavilion
April 3, 2017
March 4, 2017
Võ Trân Châu
'Lingering at the Peculiar Pavilion' - the first solo exhibition by Saigon based artist Vo Tran Chau is a collaboration of manzi art space and Sàn Art.
Since the 6-month long residency at Sàn Art Laboratory in mid-2015, Tran Chau has been tracing a few amongst the descendants of the Nguyễn dynasty (1802-2945) to create 'Water-image'. This work remakes Long cổn, an imperial ritual garment, by sowing together pieces of the descendants’ clothing. Continuing this research, linking the past historical context with the present, Tran Chau develops a body of work consisting of embroidered paintings, fabric sculptures, and a unique form of mosaic tapestry/painting not often seen in Vietnam. In this exhibition, Trân Châu guides us on an imaginary excursion to an alternative Huế (the old citadel where the Nguyễn dynasty was erected) where she attempts to fill up a number of symbols to create discourse on the psychology of our very era, which seems to embody a recurrent uneasiness, looping between the past and future.
*This exhibition is part of Manzi’s art programme supported by CDEF of the Danish Embassy
‘By deconstructing and then reconstructing the clothes, not only do I make a new piece of garment, I re-conjure personal stories to produce a multidimensional history.’
- Vo Tran Chau (2015)