Art Exhibition: Hidden Flowers
Artist: Nguyen Thi Chau Giang, Vietnam
Dates: 23 April – 14 May 2011
Venue: Thavibu Gallery
Curator: Shireen Naziree
Open: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 – 19:00
Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition Hidden Flowers with silk paintings by the female Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thi Chau Giang. In Hidden Flowers, her first solo show since 2004, Nguyen Thi Chau Giang looks back to her Vietnamese artistic roots as she explores the formal issues of traditional silk painting. In constructing her visual narratives, Giang draws on sources both classic and contemporary as she mediates on the typical Vietnamese feminine
archetype. Well versed in feminist theories that impact contemporary Vietnamese society, she resists infiltrating her work with the seduction of poetic embellishments as she circumvents typical romantic narratives commonly associated with Vietnamese silk painting.
Such restraint pays off in a body of work that comprises 17 paintings in which Giang explores the contradictions Vietnamese women endure within Vietnam’s advancing contemporary social environment. All of these works explore the fragility of relationships and emotions with a sensitive eye, and they are engaging for that reason. But their formal deftness is also remarkable, as is the richness of their pictorial nuance, which amplifies the psychological interest of the works without drifting into melodrama.
Silk paintings originated in China, and a handful of Vietnamese artists have adopted the art form to produce compelling contemporary art works.
Nguyen Thi Chau Giang is 35 years old, was born in Hanoi and lives in Ho Chi Minh City where she graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She has participated in several exhibitions internationally, such as in Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom and the USA, including a solo show at the Columbia University, New York. Her works are found in the museum collections of Singapore Art Museum and The Hermitage, St Petersburg.
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