An exhibition of nearly 50 artworks with a wildlife theme by comic artist Jeet Zdung is currently being showcased until November 20 at the Live Platform in Hue City, located in the central province of Vietnam.

The organizer states that contemporary wildlife art has gradually lost its inclusivity and has succumbed to human narratives, as evidenced by the works of popular artists such as Damien Hirst and Kohei Nawa.

Conversely, through various discussions on creativity in wildlife art, the bond between artists, scientists, and wildlife conservationists has grown stronger over time. This exhibition tells the story of artist Jeet Zdung and wildlife conservationist Trang Nguyen, as they collaborated in Cat Tien National Park and Yok Don National Park under the organization Free The Bears to create two comic books titled “Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear” and “Saving H’non: Chang and the Elephant.”

Wildlife art not only reproduces the diverse forms and appearances of the natural world but also serves as a form of advocacy for wildlife conservation. These artworks capture the final moments of these animals’ lives, serving as a reminder of the significant losses in our ecological system.

After the “Into Wildlife” exhibition in July 2023 at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) in Quy Nhon, “AWAKE” presents the perspective of individuals dedicated to observing the lives of these precious species. Their approach is driven by deep respect and boundless love as they document the lives and stories of these creatures. By studying these illustrations and the artists’ creative process, viewers are given a chance to intimately explore wildlife, experience a more enchanting narrative, and ultimately gain a greater appreciation for the work and significance of the wildlife conservation industry.

This exhibition is open to the general public, nature enthusiasts, and wildlife conservation researchers.