Nha San Collective - 20+ Party IN : ACT

07 Dec 2018

20+ Party IN : ACT

Dear friends, we are pleased to invite you to IN : ACT, a part of our 20 anniversary program,

time: 6.30pm Friday, 14.12.2018

address: Nhà Sàn Studio, Alley 462 Đường Bưởi, or Alley 6 Vĩnh Phúc, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội

If one or more significant practices exist among generations of Nha San artists, performance art has always had its place. If we are to imagine this practice of performance art as something tangible then that gives the impression of something passed down through generations, in their own distinctive communication signals.

Curator: Vũ Đức Toàn

Artists: Nguyễn Hữu Hải Duy, Lại Thị Diệu Hà, Lem TragNguyen, Vũ Hồng Ninh, Phụ Lục, Nguyễn Đình Phương, Seiji Shimoda, Síu Phạm, Phan Đông Thái & Nguyễn Quốc Thành

In : Act also launches a series of interviews conducted with various performance artists by Bill Nguyễn, Gabby Miller, Phương Linh, Đỗ Tường Linh and Vũ Đức Toàn. A catalogue consisting of discussions with Lại Thị Diệu Hà, Phụ Lục, Kim Ngọc, Seiji Shimoda, Trương Tân, Nguyễn Thuỷ Tiên, Nguyễn Quốc Thành, Tuấn Mami will be out in March 2019

About artists and curators

Nguyễn Hữu Hải Duy

Nguyen Huu Hai Duy was born in Hanoi. He started his experiences with artistic practices initially through observation. Aside from that, he spends most of his time wondering around, taking note, and archiving into his mind the frivolous and incomprehensible phenomenon.

Lại Thị Diệu Hà

Ha graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts University in 2005. Her art is unique, obsessive and multi-faceted. At first she specialized in performance art: performing the inner self, the urgency of finding self’s origin and everything it clashed into. She usually used her body for experiment and practice, as a test and a question of which answers are but confusions. Developing the media to now encompass photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and video, Dieu Ha still employs the psychological blurriness to form and articulate her artistic voice. Her last notable exhibitions include ’Psychodrama Therapy’ , Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Chicago, USA, 2014; ‘Mind, Flesh, Matter . Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, 2014. In 2015 Dieu Ha hold the first solo show ‘Conservation of vitality’ with Cuc Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

Source: Sàn Art

Vũ Hồng Ninh

Born 1982, lives and works in Hanoi, and Hoà Bình. He graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts and started to exhibit his works shortly afterwards. He works across multiple disciplines to call attention to the deficiencies in human behaviour. Vu Hong Ninh participated in the 4th Singapore Biennale 2013; Lim Dim, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway (2009); and continues to exhibit his work throughout Vietnam, Japan, and Europe.

Phụ Lục/ The Appendix

Founded in 2010 by six artists, the Hanoi-based performance art group The Appendix (Nhóm Phụ Lục) is currently made up of four members: Nguyễn Huy An, Vũ Đức Toàn, Nguyễn Song, and Ngô Thành Bắc. Using allegorical everyday objects as props, the group performs in a durational, repetitive and at times nonsensical manner in abstractly staged settings, in order to address social issues, or each member’s personal concerns. The Appendix Group has participated in various local and international performance art events such as Skylines with Flying People 2 in Hà Nội, as well as performance art festivals in Vietnam, South Korea, and Singapore.

Nguyễn Đình Phương

Nguyen Dinh Phuong (1989. Born in Moc Chau) graduated from Vietnam University of Fine arts in 2016. Phuong is known for his long and consistent durational performance works. In 2012 - 2013 he stayed in a tent and continued to move to different locations inside the city and the countryside, and to remote, mountainous areas. During this experiment, he encountered countryside people, as well as other homeless people, vendors, police, and had interesting stories with them. After studies, he moved to his hometown which is in a the mountainous area of Northeast Vietnam and continued to experiment with different spaces and his body. In 2017 he did a series of performance in rural areas, which questioned his body movement in relation to the change of spatial perception and understanding, and making of the world.

Seiji Shimoda

Born in Nagano, Japan in 1953, Seiji Shimoda is a poet and artist, as well as executive director of NIPAF (Nippon International Performance Art Festival) which he founded in 1993. NIPAF has since contributed greatly to the development of performance art and to the  formation of a network of performance artists in Asia. Seiji Shimoda has also been working as a part-time lecturer at Musashino Art University (Tokyo, since 2000) and Keio University (Tokyo, since 2015). Since 2004 he has been a permanent final jury member of Chinese Performance Art Document at Macau Museum of Art.


studied Philosophy at Saigon, History of Art and Drama Conservatory at Geneva.

Fiction Films

- «Here... or There? », 2010,

Busan International Film Festival 2011, Osaka Asian FF, CPH Pix Copenhagen, Hanoi IFF.

- «Homostratus », Nov. 2013

. Award of «Best Unique Vision», Queens World Film Festival, New York, 2014,

. Nominated Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing: AIFFA 2015, etc.

- “On the Endless Road”, August 2016, CPH Pix Copenhagen 2016, World FF in Montreal, Poetic Cinema Award at Queens World FF, New York. Etc.

Documentary Film

«Saigon´s Blues», 2000

« The Script of Udaipur », 2004,  

“Swallow an Angel” 2005

“Fog on the Summit” 2012-14, South Asia Taiwan


«Other side of a dream»,

Award of SSA for Scriptwriter,

Festival International de Film Locarno, 2002

Vũ Đức Toàn

Born in 1982. Lives and works Ha Noi, Vietnam. Vu Duc Toan graduated from Vietnam Fine Art University in 2007. In 2010 Toan co-founded Appendix, a performance collective with 5 other artist friends. He participated in various exhibitions, performance art festival in Vietnam and countries in Asia, such as Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Singapore.

Lem TragNguyen

Lem TragNguyen is a visual artist, born in Germany and grown up with the intertwined state of the eastern - western spectacle cultures. Lem does not limit herself to any particular form of art, for her making art is the space in which she makes her own discoveries in the course of the creative process, which is characterized simultaneously by action and experimentation; creates essential means to materialize ideas; It contains the potential of both absolute reality and of being the simulacrum of one’s imagination.

Phan Đông Thái & Nguyễn Quốc Thành

Phan Đông Thái và Nguyễn Quốc Thành lives and works in Hanoi. Thái is an engineer, while Thành is a co-founding member of Nhà Sàn Collective, and founder and director of Queer Forever!. The duo has started to make performance together since 2016, with an intention to explore issues of intimacy and togetherness.

We would like to thank the following for their generous support: Andrea Fam, Nguyễn Huy An, Nguyễn Mạnh Đức, Phương Linh, Mẹ Lương, Phan Thảo Nguyên, Nguyễn Phương Thảo.

Thanks to our volunteers.

This project has received generous support from British Council in Vietnam, Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF), Japan Foundation, Prince Claus

Partners: Á Space, Đom Đóm, Hanoi Grapevine, Queer Forever!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

20+ Party IN : ACT