Art exhibition featuring works by autistic children to run in Hanoi

Works created by autistic children will be on display at an art exhibit in Hanoi from next week

Autistic children are seen writing down their wishes during an April 2015 event.

Five children with autism will showcase their art and outlooks in an exhibition to take place in Hanoi from early next week to the end of this month.

The exhibit, “Khac Biet & Tuong Lai” (Difference and Future), will open at 6:30 pm on Tuesday next week at Laca Art Café, located at 24 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, local newswire Vietnamplus reported.

The event will run until May 31.

On display will be works by five autistic children, Nguyen Trung Hieu, Ha Dinh Chi, Nguyen Gia Bao, Pham Binh Minh, and Trinh Hoang Minh, who convey messages of “lending support to differences and building a future for autistic people.”

Ha Dinh Chi, 10, better known as Nem, also featured his paintings in Vietnam’s first-ever exhibition by an autistic child in May last year.

Born with a cleft lip, Nem was found to have signs of autism at the age of 1.

Although he still has health problems, Nem can now write, do calculations, and draw.


Ha Dinh Chi, or Nem, a 10-year-old boy with autism, is pictured painting. Photo: Tuoi Tre

According to the organizers, the upcoming exhibition is meant to open a window on autistic children’s values and abilities through their artworks, and provide artistically gifted kids with education and future career orientation.

The event is also intended to further inspire families with affected kids and change community awareness of autism for the better.

It is part of the activities to be held in observance of the “2015 Theme: Employment: The Autism Advantage,” which was initiated by the United Nations; and a similar initiative jointly launched by veteran Vietnamese artist Le Thiet Cuong and singer Ha Linh.

The exhibition will be joined by several other local celebs, members of the Hanoi Families with Autistic Children Club, as well as individuals who are active in helping people with autism.

The organizers will launch the Art and Autism Fund during the exhibition as well.

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