November 5, 2018
October 20, 2018
Bàng Nhất Linh
All that remains
Of soldiers' dreams” - Basho
This is the 6th project and 5th solo show by Linh. After the show in Hanoi, the work is to be exhibited in Saigon, as a part of a dual exhibition - a collaboration of Bang Nhat Linh and Wu Chi-Tsung - a Taiwanese artist, hosted by MotPlus(*)
‘Summer grasses’ is Linh’s most recent work - an installation artwork which revisits and references his previous unexhibited work - ‘Hero’. ‘Hero’ created out from 2010 to 2012 was inspired by the famous naval Battle of Bach Dang - one of the greatest victories in Vietnamese war history. The artwork focuses on a large 8.5m model which was created to be just as a fragment from a Chinese battleship would appear, hanging suspended on wooden stakes, to evoke an illusion for the viewer of standing in the river bed. However, the project remained created yet unexhibited for many reasons and has existed in creation and concept for the artist alone.
The installation illuminates the famous poem entitled ‘Nam Quốc Sơn Hà’ - The Country in the South (**) written in light and shadow, whilst we observe a forsaken project, through the objects shown and seen, though seemingly common and natural at first glance they repose within a situational irony...stories within stories… all set in idyllic surroundings filled and juxtaposed with a rhythmic yet melancholy atmosphere – as in their namesake Haiku poem by Basho.
*‘Nam Quốc Sơn Hà’ - ‘The Country in the South’ (Chinese characters: 南國山河): This anonymous poem is one of the best known literature pieces in Vietnamese history. Written in a form of classical Chinese poetry called seven-character-quatrain (a form of regulated verse with four lines of seven characters each), it is known as ‘The Very First Declaration of Vietnam’s Independence’. Legend describes that the poem was read aloud to divinities before and during battles to boost troops morale when Vietnam fought against the invasion from the North as long ago as the 10th Century AD.
The show is part of Manzi's Art Programme supported by the Embassy of Denmark.