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Visually impaired artists celebrate fall exhibition (September 03, 2004)


The Artist Le Duy Ung at his recent exhibition in Hanoi.
VietNamNet – Visually impaired Swedish artists, Vietnamese painter Le Duy Ung and students of School for Blind Children Nguyen Dinh Chieu in Hanoi are to share a painting exhibition.

Elisabeth Persson, 58, a visually impaired artist from Sweden, together with Vietnamese and Swedish visually impaired painters will put their works on display mid-November in Hanoi.

The arrangements are being made with help from Swedish Organisations of Disabled Persons International Aid (SHIA) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

In November 2003 Ms Persson hosted an exhibition Art Beyond Sight in Sweden’s Malmö Museum with paintings by Vietnamese blind painter Le Duy Ung and pictures from students of School for Blind Children Nguyen Dinh Chieu in Hanoi, together with 15 Swedish visually impaired artists' work.

Now she and friends are bringing the exhibition to Vietnam.

Ms Persson visited Vietnam for the first time in 1997. Since then, she has visited the country 12 times, working as a volunteer artist by her father's heritage. She has been working with blind/low vision students at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School in Hanoi since 1999.

SHIA/SIDA contacted her last year with an invitation to work with her project at the school. She has agreed on the offer, hoping that this could be a good contact for the school, and the organisation helped her to bring the exhibition Art beyond Sight to Vietnam.

"I am a visually impaired artist, so this is why I my life interest is in meeting and creating with visually impaired artists for art beyond sight", she said.

"I want to work with something that I hope will create friendship as well as art-exchange between people in our countries. I have sold some of the students' pictures to Swedish people and will bring their money to them. I would be overjoyed if you would participate in this hope of mine", Ms Persson added.

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