The exhibition, *Untamed Souls*, presents a captivating contrast of artistic practices, exploring the physical, historical, and cultural dimensions of their craft.

At the heart of the gallery lies a dramatic tableau—a banquet of symbols set for six. These cups, bowls, and platters form part of a larger series, *Wandering Souls – Lost Spirits*, comprising 54 place settings crafted between 2017 and 2023. Each setting represents one of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, offering a unique perspective on the country’s diverse cultural tapestry.

Artist Manh, born in 1984 in Vinh Phuc Province, is a member of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association. His generous and intimate invitation to share this meal encourages spectators to engage in a ritualistic experience. Earlier in 2024, a portion of this series was exhibited in Hanoi. Manh, who currently lives and works in the city, has worked with various media since 2006, including paint, fibers, objects, and ceramics.

Tung, a graduate of the HCM Fine Arts University with a major in lacquer painting, approaches his art like gardening. He creates environments where he sows seeds and observes their growth, often leaving his works ‘in progress’ to allow for future additions. His paintings are a dynamic reflection of his childhood in Central Highland’s Gia Rai Province.

Both artists have exhibited extensively in Vietnam and abroad, with Tung showcasing his work as a solo artist and as part of the Art Labor collective. Their works have graced prestigious museums and art institutions, including the 60th Venice Biennale in Italy (2024) and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, USA (2023).

Don’t miss this compelling exhibition, on display until June 19 at Galerie BAQ, 15 rue Beautreillis, 75004 Paris. Admission is free, and the gallery is open from 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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