Void Uncovers Vietnam

The Derry gallery marks 40 years since the Fall of Saigon with Ireland's first exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art

On Saturday, October 3 Void launches a new exhibition in its newly refurbished space in the first floor of Derry's City Factory on Patrick Street.

Taking its title from a poem of the same name by 19th century Vietnamese poet Hồ Xuân Hương, Spring Watching Pavilion presents the first major exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art in Ireland.

Forty years on from the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, the extensive showcase features the work of Art Labor Collective, Dinh Q.Lê and The Propeller Group as well as Ngoc Nau and many more. There will also be artists talk from 6.30pm prior to the free-to-attend launch.

The exhibition, curated by Orla Ryan, explores the historical residues of not only the war and the refugee crisis at that time, but also looks back before French Colonial time whilst also making connections to the present and possible futures.

The featured artists, who mostly work through lens based media and participatory/socially engaged practices, present a nuanced understanding of the dense layers which may inhabit the expanding globalising tendencies increasingly evident in Vietnam.

Responding to this complex environment, the works presented are dynamic, engaging yet poetic and nuanced in their reflection on the richness and complexity of contemporary Vietnamese life.

Spring Watching Pavilion runs at Void from October 3 - November 14. For gallery opening times visit www.derryvoid.com.