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A small world in the heart of Ha Noi (August 30, 2003)

Le Van Anh
Some say arts have the power to change the world, and although that may not be the lofty ambition of the latest art exhibition to reach Ha Noi, the artists involved want people to open their eyes to the outside world.

The Small World may be likened to a heart-to-heart talk by 40 Thai artists and 23 others of different nationalities, as they attempt to capture the existing realities of and hopes for a better world.

Graphic art, installations, video art and mixed media are all used to express an abundance of ideas and expressions that are presented courtesy of the University of Silpakorn in Thailand, the Thai Embassy in Ha Noi, and the Ha Noi College of Fine Arts.

"The artworks are really worth seeing for those curious about Thai contemporary art and its international leanings," said Ha Noi College of Fine Arts’ deputy director and painter, Le Anh Van.

Each work is accompanied by the artist’s explanation, and from the ‘small world’ perspective of these artists, a common understanding from the spectator is sought on the prevailing issues of our times: global economy, politics, and the challenges of everyday life.

Pieces from the Thai artists bears the strong hallmarks of Asian culture, Buddhism, mixed with modern thinking.

The exhibition is part of a larger project also called The Small World, which supports Thai artists communicating their approaches to the international art world.

"This projects reflects a global trend since cultural exchanges are essential for the understanding of human needs and aspirations, to bring peace to the world," said University of Silpakorn’s art centre director, Vichoke Mukdamanee.

"I think that the exhibition hints at a world that is becoming closer despite its diverse cultures," said Thai Ambassador to Viet Nam, Krit Kraichitti.

Art exchanges between the Ha Noi College of Fine Arts, the University of Silpakorn began in 1997, and next year it is hoped for another exchange between the two institutions and the University of California would travel to all three participating countries.

The Small World is open at the Ha Noi College of Fine Arts, 42 Yet Kieu until August 31. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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