Nha San Collective - Nguyen Trinh Thi in Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History exhibition
28 Dec 2017
Nguyen Trinh Thi gathered with other Asian artists in Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History exhibition, placed in NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore from 1 September to 19 November 2017.
“Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History” features video installations and films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam), and Park Chan-kyong (South Korea). The artists’ research into their own cultural and historical backgrounds gain shape through allegories that re-evaluate the social and political reforms in Post-War and Cold-War Asia. The cinematic works in the exhibition combine fact and fiction. They not only allude to rarely discussed subject-matters but also raise crucial questions about power and authority, construction of narratives, repression of identities, and collective trauma.
“Embedded in the vernacular, ghosts, myths, and rituals present systems of knowledge that enable the expression of unknown worlds. “Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History” brings to light clouded histories at times not officially recounted but those that remain a lingering presence in collective memories through local mythologies, ghostly figures, and traditions. The works create their own language and systems of reference, reflecting current efforts of exposing written historical accounts and contemporary situations that subvert mainstream narratives”.
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