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Insect sculptures made from odd materials on display at Hanoi exhibition

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 17:26 GMT+7
Insect sculptures made from odd materials on display at Hanoi exhibition
Two children watch an installation displayed at the 'Insect' exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Five Vietnamese artists who have creatively turned valueless materials into sculptures under the theme of insects are showcasing their artworks at a joint exhibition in Hanoi.

The ‘Insect’ exhibition, running until September 11, features works from Yen Nang, Hung Dingo, Ha Huy Muoi, Pham Thi Hong Sam, and Nguyen Manh Hung, who are all familiar artists in Vietnam’s sculpture scene.

The five artists want to introduce their new sculpture concepts, ideas and methods through the event, with the exhibits being made with untraditional materials, those that are otherwise considered valueless.

For instance, Yen Nang, a visual artist who specializes in making fleeting works, collected burnt tree branches from forests that were hit by repeated wildfires in the north-central province of Ha Tinh in June and used the ‘charcoal’ as material for his works.

The five artists speak at the opening ceremony of the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

The five artists speak at the opening ceremony of the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Hung Dingo, a caricature painter, used iron and barbed wire to make sculptures that depict ‘spiritual pests’ - things that he believe can make people corrupt.

In the meantime, Nguyen Manh Hung spent more than a year studying ants and used his wealth of knowledge about this insect to create a colony of ants, employing sophisticated iron-welding techniques.

The work depicts the ‘social relation’ of ants, which is as complex as human society.

The five artists stated that the exhibition is organized for a non-commercial purpose.

Visitors can visit the exhibition for free at 32 Sao Nam Street, Dong Da District.

A charcoal installation is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A charcoal installation is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A charcoal installation is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A charcoal installation is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman admires a charcoal installation displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman admires a charcoal installation displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

An ant sculpture  is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

An ant sculpture is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

An ant sculpture  is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

An ant sculpture is displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Visitors visit the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Visitors visit the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Parents and children visit the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Parents and children visit the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Artist Pham Thi Hong Sam presents the meaning of an art installation to a visitor at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Artist Pham Thi Hong Sam presents the meaning of an art installation to a visitor at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman admires a charcoal installation displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman admires a charcoal installation displayed at the Insect exhibition in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

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