Hanoi ’23 Photo: Artistic Link Between Vietnam and the Global Community

The Hanoi 23 Biennial will transform Hanoi into a hub of art and photography, showcasing Vietnamese photographic works to an international audience.


The Hanoi’23 Biennale opened on April 21 in the Vietnamese capital, bringing together more than 100 Vietnamese and international photographers, curators, and photography experts. The event is a unique opportunity to explore the world of photography, as it showcases the work of some of the most renowned artists in the field. Attendees will be able to view a selection of inspiring works, as well as participate in workshops and discussions about the latest trends in photography. This is a great opportunity for all photography enthusiasts to exchange ideas and gain valuable insights into this fascinating art form. The Hanoi’23 Biennale promises to be an unforgettable experience, and it is sure to be an event that will be remembered for years to come.

The Biennale is a highly-regarded event in the international art world, allowing for periodic art exhibitions and exchanges to take place. In recent years, numerous Vietnamese artists have been invited to showcase their work at international biennales, gaining recognition and appreciation for their work. This has enabled them to build relationships with other artists, and to gain a greater understanding of how art is viewed and appreciated around the world. Furthermore, it has allowed them to promote their work to a larger audience, and to gain valuable insight into the global art world.

This is the first time that the French Institute in Vietnam, in cooperation with the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports and other key stakeholders, has introduced this innovative model to the capital. By joining forces, the key partners have been able to bring this revolutionary model to the city, providing a much-needed boost to the cultural and sporting scene in Hanoi.

Biennale Photo Hanoi’23 is coming soon! From now until June 3, the bustling city of Hanoi will be hosting a variety of events, including exhibitions, talkshows, and photography workshops. If you’re looking for a unique experience, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore the art of photography. So don’t miss your chance to be part of this incredible event!

 Director of Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports Do Dinh Hong speaks at the opening ceremony. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times

Do Dinh Hong, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, highlighted the significance of this event in the realm of photography, claiming that it will give a significant boost to the promotion of cultural industries and creative activities.

“Photo Hanoi’23 promises to be an impressively captivating event in photography, offering the public a novel and enthralling look at modern photography in Vietnam and beyond,” Hong declared.

This is an excellent opportunity to promote the image of the country and its people through the lens of photography. By utilizing this medium, we can showcase the beauty and culture of the capital in a way that is both captivating and inspiring. Additionally, it provides an avenue to share and celebrate the unique characteristics of the nation’s people. With this in mind, photography can be a powerful tool to help create a positive and lasting impression of the country and its inhabitants.

It is the language that can connect people from different countries and cultures.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sophie Maysonnave, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Activities at the French Embassy in Vietnam, declared that photography can serve as a powerful representation of modern culture. It is an international language that facilitates communication and understanding between individuals from different countries and cultures.

“This Biennale focuses on photography as it provides a way to communicate with all generations, particularly young people who are eager to explore and understand the world. It is an ideal platform for dialogue between societies, enabling the discovery of new countries, new cultures, and the preservation of heritage values while adapting them to modernity,” she said.

 Actress Nhu Quynh visits the exhibition. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times

Photo Hanoi ’23 will feature an array of solo and group exhibitions, as well as over 20 exciting side events, all of which will be open to the public at no cost. Visitors can explore and appreciate both the richness of contemporary photography and classic works of photography heritage.

Lectures and discussions about the photography industry in Vietnam will be held both in-person and online. This will provide a comprehensive overview of the current context of the industry, allowing participants to gain a deeper understanding of the landscape.

On this special occasion, the exhibition “Hanoi – A City in Photography” opened at the 22 Hang Buom Cultural and Art Center, bringing together 16 artists and showcasing 16 unique perspectives on the city of Hanoi. Attendees were invited to explore the various perspectives of the capital city through the eyes of the photographers, with each artist offering their own interpretations of Hanoi. The exhibition featured a variety of mediums, from digital and analog photography to mixed media installations. Visitors to the exhibition were able to gain insight into the cultural, social, and political aspects of life in Hanoi as seen through the eyes of the city’s photographers. By providing a platform for the creative expression of the city’s artists, the exhibition aimed to capture the diverse beauty of Hanoi and encourage conversations about its future.

They are Alexandre Garel, Khong Viet Bach, Lolo Zazar, Peter Steinhauer, Sébastien Laval, Veronika Radulovic, Ben Reich, Bert Danckaert, Nguyen Huu Bao, Nguyen The Son, Le Thinh, Le Xuan Phong, Nguyen Duy Kien, Maika Elan, and Pham Tuan Ngoc.

According to curator Nguyen The Son, the exhibition provides visitors with the chance to relish in photographs printed and displayed to international standards – something that is commonplace in art galleries and museums around the world, but still quite rare in Vietnam.

In addition to showcasing works from 16 renowned artists, the exhibition also features captivating black-and-white photographs of street vendors taken by French photographers in the early 20th century, as well as restored color images of Indochinese architecture.

 The exhibition attracts many young people. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times