Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba "Vietnam: A Memorial Work"

Asia Society and Museum

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Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s video work, Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex—For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards, was filmed in 2001 on the southeast coast of Vietnam. This was the artist’s first video work and offers captivating images of local fishermen pulling cyclos (rickshaws) underwater toward an area where the artist stretched about thirty mosquito nets across the sea bed. The cyclos, submerged in deep water, represent the weight of tradition and reference Vietnam’s historical past in the context of the country’s struggle with the processes of modernization.

Nguyen-Hatsushiba was born in 1968 in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Vietnamese father. His family moved to Texas when he was nine years old, and he received formal training in painting in the United States before moving to Vietnam in 1996. He now lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.



from May 23, 2008 to August 03, 2008

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    Kristen Hewitt tablog review

    For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards

    Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba's 2001 underwater film Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam is a haunting poetic meditation on Vietnam's journey into an unknown future.

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