Student exhibition brings new energy to city life

HCMC – Design students from RMIT University are showcasing their fresh takes on urban transformation and human connections at the Saigon: Interplay exhibition in HCMC, the result of a three-month project between the Museum of HCMC and RMIT, focusing on the transformation of Vietnam’s biggest metropolis.

Part of the Saigon: Interplay exhibition, “Monsters of Saigon” by RMIT student Bui Cam Vy showcases exhibits “to he” figurines made by children, with the purpose of acknowledging and sharing feelings about traumas – PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER

The exhibition features over 20 works by final-year students from RMIT University’s Bachelor of Design Studies program.

“AĂ ” by Truong Thanh An, Kee Zi Sing and Tran Bich Tuyet Nhi aims to help people recognize the hidden identity of Saigon through an interactive public event

With the mutual aim of connecting the city and its people, the ideas presented range from community video and photography projects to public art work displays, motorbike parades, bicycling tours and other novel ideas.

“Saigon Slumber Party” by Le Cao My Phuong is a free-entry fashion event that invites people to share their self identity in their most comfortable outfit

Prior to coming up with this project, RMIT lecturers found that technological and media innovations over the past 20 years have left museums around the world questioning traditional models of artifact collection, conservation, exhibition and publication.

Thus, museums are turning to their immediate surroundings to ask how they can renew their local ties and refresh their community bonds. The RMIT students’ works were developed in response to this transformative context.

The “Than” project by Nguyen Thai Hoang (pictured in the lower half of the image) encourages people to take photos to preserve the cultural identity of the city’s neighborhoods

“The works on display present really creative and new ideas that touch on various aspects of life. The students created these works and they are also the ones to benefit the most from this connection with our museum,” a representative of the Museum of HCMC said.

The Saigon: Interplay exhibition is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 21 at the Museum of HCMC, 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

“Saigon in a Walk” by Dinh Ngoc Minh Chau allows participants to explore the city through the eyes of pedestrians