hand built diorama of hanoi apartment block by nguyen manh hung
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jan 31, 2013
hand built diorama of hanoi apartment block by nguyen manh hung


‘living together in paradise’, 2011 by nguyen manh hung
image © fee harding

 

 

presented as part of the 7th asia pacific triennial of contemporary art in queensland, australia until the 14th of april, 2013 is the ambitious
sculpture by nguyen manh hung titled ‘living together in paradise’. the artist created the diorama to surround a meticulously hand-built,
three meter tall model of a residential housing block in reference to his childhood home. hung creates art based on his experiences and observations
of vietnamese life and culture, in ‘one planet, the barricade’ he also draws from the country’s architectural landscape,
fabricating highly detailed models with basic materials to denote the cramped living conditions, lack of water, difficult economic hardship
experienced by a large population of the vietnamese. in ‘one planet, go to market’ hung creates a hurtling jet plane playfully transporting groceries,
speaking of not only the artist’s long-held fascination with militaristic images – his father was a fighter jet pilot –
but also a symbol representing commercialism through humorously mixing two disparate elements of consumer culture.

 

the artist says of ‘living together in paradise’:

 

I was born and raised in an apartment block in the capital hanoi. with over 20 years experiences of living in it, I found it does not take much of urban life
but rather is a complex area ‘village’ stacked on top of each other. it is self-improvement of living space, farming, growing vegetables and upgrade
living conditions in the prevailing promiscuous. there are people sharing everything and not much privacy, confidentiality.
I question myself: ‘do angels live together in a paradise?

 

 


the three meter tall model of a residential housing block references his childhood home
image © fee harding

 

 


image © christy gallois

 

 


hung creates art based on his experiences and observations of vietnamese life and culture
image © christy gallois

 

 

 

 


a video showing the panorama

 

 


‘one planet, the barricade’, 2013
image courtesy the artist

 

 


highly detailed models fabricated from basic materials denote the cramped living conditions, lack of water, difficult economic hardship experienced by a large population of the vietnamese
image courtesy the artist

 

 


image courtesy the artist

 

 


‘one planet, go to market’ 2013
image courtesy the artist

 

 


the artwork speaks of the artist’s long-held fascination with militaristic images
image courtesy the artist

 

 

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