Video art lets people leave behind secrets

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VietNam News English - 41 month(s) ago 3 readings

The Goethe Institute in Ha Noi plans to display video installation art by celebrated local artist and writer Truong Que Chi this weekend.

Pensive: Artist Truong Que Chi. — File Photo

Time to confess: An exhibition of video installation art at the Goethe Institute will feature works by Truong Que Chi. – Photo courtesy Goethe Institute

HA NOI —

The blacked out exhibition space is designed to resemble a confessional booth. The doors and windows of the black plastic-lined space have been covered with black curtains so that visitors entering and leaving the room must push the black cloth aside, as in a Catholic confessional booth.

This particular configuration of the room centres the viewer on the video installation. Videos are played on multiple screens, on which people of all ages and backgrounds talk. Because they are anonymous, visitors don't know who is speaking, the subjects talk about their different memories, memories they would prefer to forget and that, verbalised, can now be left behind in the space.

The exhibition space functions in a sense like the soul's black box. The ‘confessionals' are meant to be understood on a personal level.

At the exhibition, visitors will interact with the work of the artist as well as with what the speakers have to say.

The exhibition, entitled To the Place Where We Want to Forget, will run from tomorrow to next Tuesday, and is being sponsorred by Denmark's Cultural Development and Exchange Fund and the Goethe Institute.

It will be Chi's first video exhibition.

Chi was born in 1987 in Ha Noi and graduated from the University of Lyon in France with a degree in film studies. She became well-known in Ha Noi for her collection of poems I am Growing Old, which she published when she was 18.

Chi also won the first prize in the 2007 poetry contest 1,000 Years in Love of Thang Long. — VNS

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