The Red Map brings audience into the world of contemporary performance art

HCMC - Performing artist Nhi Le is introducing a contemporary art performance called “The Red Map” at the modern architectural space of Toong Pham Ngoc Thach in HCMC, bringing the audience and art lovers into a new realm of consciousness.

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Nhi Le performs “The Red Map” in front of public audiences for the first time – PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER

Done with only a thread of wool, “The Red Map” turns the audience into an important and inseparable part of the artwork. Instead of using the body as materials for expressions, Nhi Le focuses on the reactions and emotions of the audience, thus reflecting on human-to-human connections, which are multidimensional and hard to predict.

For the artist as well as GocCreation, the curator, the exhibition is like a test. Nhi Le is performing for the first time in front of a group of entrepreneurs and an intellectual audience as well as the contemporary public, who remain newcomers to conceptual art. The Toong workspace also boldly transforms the art program for members, with the belief that this will help nurture the community's experience, intellectually and spiritually.

“The Red Map is not a work to love or hate. It opens up a safe spiritual space where viewers can observe, feel and contemplate,” Nhi Le shared.

This contemporary art performance is part of “The Showcase: Nhi Le” program, which also exhibits a series of documentary photo sets capturing Nhi Le’s previous performances.

As a performance artist, Nhi Le is dedicated to researching and finding new forms of artistic experiences for the audience. She hopes her work will remind people about "first times", such as the first time humans set foot on the moon, or the moment they first ate ice cream as a child.

A display of Nhi Le’s documentary photo sets at Toong Pham Ngoc Thach – PHOTO: MINH TUAN

Nhi Le participated in the Southeast Asian Arts Residency program in Malaysia and has performed in group and solo projects of San Art, MoTplus and Time Between and community project “You Can Talk To Me” of ISEE Institute. Her artworks are exhibited at the UDK Quer Gallery in Germany and the Chiasso Perduto Gallery in Italy. With this showcase, Nhi Le is performing “The Red Map” in front of public audiences for the first time.

The regular art event “The Showcase” continuously introduces new artists, diverse from styles, methods of practice as well as individual backgrounds, to the public. It takes place almost every month in urban workspaces operated by Toong. With “The Showcase”, art lovers have a familiar meeting place to discover new artists and potential projects.

Following the pandemic, art events such as “The Showcase: Nhi Le” promise to bring Vietnamese urban audiences fresh and poignant experiences. “The Showcase: Nhi Le” is meticulously curated and arranged, in a way that the physical space does an amazing job in highlighting the spiritual space.

The event will go on until May 10, 2021, at the Toong workspace, 1Bis Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1, HCMC.

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