A photographic exhibition entitled “Nha Mat Pho” (Street-front Houses) is being held at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from March 8-28.
It showcases works by local artist Nguyen The Son with a focus on dramatic changes in Hanoi’s residential quarters.
Son’s posters are arranged in the shape of houses by digital technology so that viewers can realize the impact of negative changes in the city. Dozen-of-meter-high posters cover the whole fronts of many houses.
He uses a special method of printing on Xuyen Chi paper and silk as a fine combination of modern and traditional technique, making viewers feel both reality and illusion through his photographic installation art.
Instead of windows and balconies, which facilitate communication between neighbours, tall billboards now seal houses off the street.
Born in 1978 in the capital city, Son had graduated from the Hanoi University of Fine Arts in 2002 and did a Master’s in Fine Art Photography at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2008. He has held many exhibitions in Vietnam and China.