Vietnam’s rich and complex past continues to define its present - from politics to arts and everyday life. From colonial images and government-promoted representations of an idealized history to the stories people tell each other in coffee shops, the past is captured, re-imagined and re-contextualized.
Ngo Van Sac, winner of Vietnam’s 2012 Dogma national portrait competition, explores the theme of temporal overlap from a variety of compelling perspectives. His wood-engravings and –burnings, paintings and collages evocatively capture the paradox of a country rushing to modernize while at the same time holding fast to images of the past.
Ancient faces in traditional clothing are juxtaposed with collages of today’s newspaper headlines, while men in a traditional coffee shop are seen chatting idly in front of a wall with graffiti-like advertisements.Ngo Van Sac CV