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Published on Oct 2, 2018
Nguyen Manh Hung produces satirical paintings, sculptures, installations and performances with a decidedly dreamlike character. Hung’s works humorously record the odd experiences that occur in everyday life in Vietnam, as it shifts from an agrarian to a capitalist economy. His 2009 sculpture Living together in paradise alludes to Nguyen’s youth in one of the Soviet-style public housing blocks so common in Hanoi, which the artist considered a ‘vertical village’. Presented as a diorama, a form that impressed the artist on a visit to the Museum of Natural History in New York, the structure stacks makeshift buildings to a satirically exaggerated height, closer to that of the extravagant office and apartment blocks making up the thrusting skyline of new Hanoi. The transition from communist central planning to unbridled capitalist development, it suggests, is uneven.
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is QAGOMA's flagship international contemporary art event, and the only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
APT7 continues the series' forward-thinking approach to questions of geography, history and culture and how these questions are explored through the work of contemporary artists. APT7 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the APT, presenting an opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented transformations that have occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.