Nha San Collective - The Vacant Chair


Nha San Collective is pleased to introduce a solo exhibition of artist Bang Nhat Linh, titled “The vacant chair”.

Bang Nhat Linh is a visual artist who is also a collector of war memorabilia. The primary concerns and inspiration for his artistic practice is human beings. This exhibition is part of Ling’s long-term practice, in which, the whole process reflects “the surveys into the depths of memories, history, submerged psychological spaces, and of oblivion…”, in which “war memorabilia are taken from their original contexts to be placed within a new context, or they are positioned in a relationship with human as communicable and interactive ob

“The vacant chair” is a multi-layered video installation. It is an intimate narrative, whereby social issues derived from modern history of a turbulent Vietnam are unveiled: the wounds, tolerance, optimism, as well as the special relationship amongst those who remain. From a broader angle, it suggests an universal sense of existence and death, particularly the limited nature of the human race…On the other hand, through the act of transforming a powerful symbol of war into a symbol of love and loss, the work steps out of its geographical context to tell a universal story of all humanity. “The vacant chair”, therefore, is a song of humanity, and for humanity…