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Published on Feb 24, 2016
Uudam Tran Nguyen's videos reflect on contemporary life in Vietnam and the way rural and urban spaces have been transformed by dramatic economic and industrial development. On returning to Ho Chi Minh City from living in Los Angeles, he was struck by these changes, and particularly by the prevalence of motorcyclists in facemasks and protective capes, rendering them as anonymous 'knights' from a forgotten myth. 'Serpents' Tails' 2015 is a new video work that extends from his 'Waltz of the Machine Equestrians – Machine Equestrians' 2012, and draws attention to the toxic impact of heavy traffic in the city. It features a group of motorcycle 'equestrians', and tracks their choreographed passage through the city, accompanied by Shostakovich's 'Suite for Jazz Orchestra no.2, Waltz no.2' / Auslan interpreted