The Hanoitimes - An exhibition entitled “Riverscapes in Flux” by 17 Artists from Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines will be held at the Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi on April 12-29.
The Hanoitimes - An exhibition entitled “Riverscapes in Flux” by 17 Artists from Vietnam , Thailand , Myanmar , Cambodia , Indonesia and the Philippines will be held at the Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi on April 12-29.
The art project “Riverscapes in flux”, conceptualized and organized by the Goethe Institute in Vietnam , seeks to create a discourse on this key ecological issue in the current context. Young artists from Vietnam , Thailand , Cambodia , Myanmar , Indonesia and the Philippines reflect through their work the ecological as well as socio-economic and cultural changes that rivers in these countries are currently experiencing.
Southeast Asia is characterized by major river landscapes like no other place in the world. However, the economic exploitation of rivers and the consequences of dynamic socio-economic development found in many Southeast Asian countries have caused long-term damage to river landscapes. Furthermore, the effects of climate change pose an additional threat to these already endangered ecosystems. The extreme fluctuation between flood and drought threatens to destroy river habitats, and thus the existence of millions of people.
17 art works have been created, including multimedia installations and photo series, videos and object installations. The exhibition, which will celebrate its opening in Hanoi on April 12, 2012 and subsequently be shown in HCMC in May, will then tour five countries, accompanied by film screenings and various educational and cultural activities.
With this art project, the exhibition aims to raise awareness about the invaluable ecological and cultural heritage which the river landscapes in Southeast Asia represent, and to give new impulses to environment protection initiatives.