Nha San Collective
Nhà Sàn Collective’s mission is to build a stable structure for contemporary art to grow in Vietnam. Through exhibitions, projects, education and exchange, we cultivate, support and challenge artists, creating room for new forms of expression and dialogue to thrive in Vietnam.
We work towards our mission by:
-Exhibition: Supporting local young and emerging artists
We engage and nurture artists by organizing monthly exhibitions, volunteer programs, workshops and through providing mentorship opportunities
-Education: Expanding audiences for visual arts
Our programming includes open studios, artist talks, and film screenings to foster dialogue between audiences and artists. We will open courses on understanding and practising contemporary art in the near future.
-Exchange: Domestic and international exchange. Nha San Collective builds from Nha San Studio’s rich history of domestic and international art exchange. We organize solo and collaborative exhibitions, workshops, and seminars, providing opportunities for sharing experiences, knowledge, and encouraging artistic practice between artists in many different social, economic and geo-political contexts.
Nhà Sàn Studio (NSS) was founded in 1998 by artists Nguyen Manh Duc and Tran Luong. It was the first and is, to date, the longest running non-profit experimental art space in Vietnam. The studio nurtured several generations of the most imaginative and daring contemporary artists in the country.
The studio, housed in Nguyen’s family home, is a Muong ethnic minority house on stilts that was transplanted from the mountains to a neighborhood in the outskirts of Hanoi. Opening intermittently, Nhà Sàn created space for experimentation and community.
Nhà Sàn Studio quickly became a nexus for international art exchange: hosting lectures, and workshops, sound, video, installation and performance art. Along with providing artists with the chance to experiment with art forms distinct from state pedagogy and commercial markets, Nhà Sàn connected local artists with opportunities for exchange abroad, and hosted a wide range of international projects, and artists in Vietnam.
Nhà Sàn Studio nurtured the first generation of Vietnamese avant-garde artists emergent in the early 1990’s. These artist include Truong Tan, Tran Luong, Nguyen Van Cuong, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Nguyen Quang Huy, Ea Sola, Nguyen Manh Hung, Pham Ngoc Duong, Nguyen Minh Phuoc and Kim Ngoc
Nha San continues to be valuable resource for an emerging generation of artists, including Nguyen Trinh Thi, Nguyen Phuong Linh, Nguyen Tran Nam, Nguyen Huy An, The Appendix, Nguyen Quoc Thanh and Tuan Mami.
In 2011, the studio closed indefinitely due to pressure from authorities.
Nhà Sàn Collective (NSC) - 2013 to present
Since the closure of Nhà Sàn Studio in 2011, following the spirit of artistic creativity and freedom, the young generation of artists re-activated Nhà Sàn by a series of mobile and guerrilla projects in public space as well as large scale projects with international institutes in Vietnam and abroad. In 2013 the group formed “Nhà Sàn Collective”, dedicated to examining traditional, local and global socio-political contexts and history. Nhà Sàn Collective supports each other in pushing the boundaries of expression in Vietnam as well as seeks and nurtures other young artists in the community with or without a physical space. After moving in and out of many spaces, we currently operate out of physical space donated by the Hanoi Creative City (HNCC) Building.
Nhà Sàn Collective is entirely volunteer run, and artist-led. We rely on private donations, and support from cultural institutions to operate.