Nhà Tây Transforms
October 29, 2013
October 10, 2013
Nguyễn Thế Sơn
Trần Hậu Yên Thế
Duo exhibition by Nguyen The Son & Tran Hau Yen The – an exploration of the physical and moral landscape of Hanoi as it transforms and mutates into the 21st century.
In his previous body of work, Nha Mat Pho (Houses facing the street), Son addressed the social issues of the rampant materialism of the society, the discrepancy of wealth between the rich and the poor, and the imposing Western commoditization of the people. In this latest series 'Nhà Tây Transforms', Son continues his research of the transformations of the urban landscapes.
Fellow artist, researcher Yen The adds yet another historical layer to this discovery of the life of the Nhà Tây (Western Villa). Following the maps and drawings of the French intellectual Henri Oger, who in 1908-1909 created 4,577 drawings of every aspect of the lives of the inhabitants, Yen The creates his own layer of analysis of the lifestyle of the inhabitants and the original façade of the villa.
With this 'Nhà Tây Transforms', Nguyen the Son and Yen The leave the viewer alone with their perceptions of how life is transformed by progress as it is named, and the repercussions of this modernity upon society.