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Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City

The Disoriented Garden...A Breath of Dream
by Truong Cong Tung

at Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

From 12 December 2023 to 08 March 2024


Credits: Courtesy of Sàn Art

We're pleased to announce the exhibition The Disoriented Garden...A Breath of Dream by artist Truong Cong Tung, at Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The exhibition is the result of Tung wining the Han Nefkens Foundation–Southeast Asian Video Art Production Grant 2023, in collaboration with Sa Sa Art Projects (Cambodia), Jim Thompson Art Center (Thailand), Museion (Italy), Busan Museum of Art (South Korea) and Prameya Art Foundation (India).

Centred on the concept of the garden as a living, regenerative library, The Disoriented Garden...A Breath of Dream foregrounds the ecologies that devastate what is intimate and hallow. Through a multimedia installation of video, painting, and sculpture, the artist brings our senses into contact with Vietnam's Central Highlands: a densely layered soundscape teeming with memory, ancestors, insects, animals, and plants imbued with agency, and varied residues of violent conquest or soft power. 

Considering land as witness, the exhibition draws our attention to the overshadowed histories beneath our feet, and, in so doing, intricately constructs an immersive portrait of the geopolitical, environmental, and spiritual subjects contained within.

About the artist
Born in 1986, Truong Cong Tung grew up in Dak Lak among various ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He graduated from the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University in 2010, majoring in lacquer painting. With research interests in science, cosmology, philosophy and the environment, Truong Cong Tung works with a range of media, including video, installation, painting and found objects, which reflect personal contemplations on the cultural and geopolitical shifts of modernization, as embodied in the morphing ecology, belief or mythology of a land. He is also a member of Art Labor (founded in 2012), a collective working between visual art and social/life sciences to produce alternative non-formal knowledge via artistic and cultural activities in various public contexts and locales.

About Sàn Art
Founded in 2007 in Ho Chi Minh City as an artist-led platform, Sàn Art has since grown into a leading independent arts organisation in Vietnam and the region. Maintaining a commitment to grassroots support for local and international artists and cultural work, Sàn Art is also a site for critical discourse with regular educational initiatives. 


The Disoriented Garden...A Breath of Dream
by Truong Cong Tung
at Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

From 12 December 2023 to 08 March 2024

UNIT B6.16 & B6.17
132 Ben Van Don, Ward 6, District 4,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(enter from Nguyen Huu Hao side)

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