After catching public attention in Hanoi, Nguyen The Son’s “Houses Facing the Street” exhibition has traveled to Beijing, and then to Hong Kong. Son’s artworks are now on display at the Central Art Institute in Beijing.
Son’s works 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 neighbors, 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.
Some artworks by The Son: