Masters at St.Joost
Artist Talk: Tran Luong
With brief introduction by MFA tutor Erik Hagoort
Thursday dec. 11
17.00 – 19.00 h
Academy Den Bosch, auditorium
Tran Luong (Hanoi, 1960) is a visual artist, performance artist and independent curator. He plays an important role in the development contemporary art in North-Vietnam.
Luong is currently rewarded with the Prince Claus Laureate 2014 for his extraordinary commitment to development of art and culture. We are happy to welcome him for an artist talk at AKV|St.Joost, where he will speak about the contemporary art situation in Vietnam and about his own practice.
From the Prince Claus Laureate jury rapport: “Tran Luong teaches people to speak up, through personal action and self-reflection. He works with great dedication and energy on the development of workshops and artist initiatives, the establishment of networks and communities for performance and video art in – and outside Vietnam. He gives his support to dissidents in a climate of censorship and conformity. He is committed to freedom of expression, international dialogue and forging stronger communities, and is an inspiration to younger generations.”
Tran Luong was born in 1960 and completed his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi in 1983. After his studies he founded the artist group Gang of Five that gave a great impetuous to contemporary art in Vietnam. Coming from painting, he now also dedicates himself to a greater extent to installations and performative art, which like his paintings engage in the experiences and problems from his nearest surroundings and in the changes of society.
In 2000, he founded the Contemporary Art Centre in Hanoi, as whose artistic director he worked until the end of 2003. He is considered to be the most important agent of contemporary art in Vietnam, and he has organized numerous workshops for young artists and curated performance festivals and exhibitions, among others a collaboration with the Goethe-Institute Hanoi. His works have been on display in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Vietnam, Japan, Australia, the USA, Germany, France and elsewhere.
You are cordially invited!