Nha San Collective - In One’s Breath – Nothing Stands Still


​In One’s Breath – Nothing Stands Still studies the ruthless transformation of the landscape and ecosystem in the artist’s hometown in Hà Nam province as a consequence of rapid and unsustainable industrialisation. With the arrival of mining companies over the last 10 years, the inhabitants here have suffered from repeated environmental crises, and have been forced to self-teach new life skills. Land erosion, loss of biodiversity and contamination of soil and water have resulted in several traditional means of making a living – such as farming and hunting – being abolished. With this project, Tuấn Mami reveals a scene marked by conflict and makes visible the unspoken – unheard reality of his land and people.

Tuấn Mami

Born in 1981 and graduated from the Việt Nam University of Fine Arts in 2006, Tuấn Mami is a Hà Nội-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans across installation, video, performance and conceptual art. His work often utilises site-specificity and re-constructional concepts to question the degrading state of society, the social interactions between art and people, and the complex correlation between human needs and natural resources.
In 2012, Tuấn Mami founded MAC-Hanoi, a Mobile Art Centre, and he co-founded Nhà Sàn Collective in 2013. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, art events and residencies, both at home and abroad including In.Visible Borderline (MetaHouse Art Space, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2016), Plastic Myths (Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea, 2015), Skylines with Flying people 1 (Rory Gill Fine Art Gallery, London, UK, 2011) and Skylines with Flying people 2 (Hà Nội, Việt Nam, 2012) etc.


Skylines With Flying People 3 (hereafter SKYLINES 3) is an interdisciplinary art project set out to portray the landscape of contemporary Việt Nam through the lens of local artists who were born and have grown up in the period of Đổi Mới (the economic reform policy leading to Việt Nam’s ‘socialist-led market economy’).
Following the success of SKYLINES 1 (2010, London) and SKYLINES 2 (2012, Hà Nội), SKYLINES 3 was initiated in 2014 and takes as its starting point notions of ‘journeying’ and ‘border’. 14 artists, 6 curators, numerous scholars and various museums, institutes and education organisations are being brought together to collaborate. 11 sub-projects dealing with Việt Nam’s complicated history, fragmented culture and issues such as migration, exploitation of humans and nature, urbanisation and gender, have been realised across the country. Between October 2016 and January 2017, 6 solo, duo and group exhibitions will take place consecutively. 

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE – a series of public seminars aiming to broaden the parameters of artistic practices by extending them to and having exchanges with the social and human sciences, is taking place between March and December 2016. Joining in this series are SKYLINE 3’s participating artists as well as scholars in the fields of history, literature, anthropology, archaeology and sociology from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Denmark, Germany and the US.

All exhibitions and seminars are being held in Hà Nội, Việt Nam at various venues. 

SKYLINES 3is inaugurated by Nhà Sàn Collective, a non-profit artist-run art space based in Hà Nội promoting contemporary and experimental creative practices.

Email: info@swfp3.org
Tel: + 84 (0) 975549681