From microscopic bacteria to flocks of birds, school of fish, or groups of people, this body of work examines order in collective behaviour and the power it creates through a series of drawing and video work.
At a junction without a traffic light, bikers in Vietnam wait until their number grows and at the right moment, unprompted by any one specific leader, they move together, creating a pathway that cuts across the street. Instinctively, as social creatures, we understand the power in numbers. In nature, individuals, responding to different needs and situations, become unified groups in a more complex and magnificent manner, creating spectacular swarm movements while avoiding collision.
Our ability to subtly engage with our surroundings can create both order from chaos, as well as mob panic, or conformist sheep-like behaviour. In Vietnam, where the government exerts tight top-down control on information and movements, this ability to form order en-mass without centralized control is particularly interesting to me.
Drawing from real-life observation and science researches, this body of work examines these powerful collective movements and moments of right if-then situations where order emerges and the crowd is propelled forward.
Connection by proximity 2014. Ink, color pencil, and pencil on paper. 60 x 90 cm
Breaking seditious clusters 2014. Ink, color pencil, and pencil on paper. 90 x 60 cm
Chaos to order 2014. Ink, color pencil, and pencil on paper. 60 x 90 cm
Living raft 2014. Ink, color pencil, and pencil on paper. 60 x 90 cm
Traffic at an intersection in Saigon. 2013
the process of purifying
Installation with video and text.
Innards | Skin Love | Indifference Insider | Outsider
Them | Us In | Out Him | Her Host | Visitor Open | Close Local | Foreigner Family | Orphan Member | Non-member Indoors | Outdoors Related | Unrelated Admired | Ignored Stuffings | Cover Accepted | Rejected Honored | Dishonored Believer | Non-believer Homeowner | Homeless Acquaintance | Stranger Respected | Dismissed Disowned | Approved Family | Outsiders Nobody | Somebody Surface | Content Outside | Inside Tribe | Outcast Expel | Admit Inject | Eject We | They I | You
More | Less You add | You subtrac
the process of purifying
2013 - current
Đồ bộ is a pajama-like clothing that most likely grew from the traditional "áo bà ba" most Vietnamese women own and wear daily. Far from being clothes to sleep in, these women wear these clothes due to the ease at which they could run back and forth between domestic work and work outside of the house. Working class women, in particular, wear đồ bộ outside of the house as they work in the market or run small family businesses, or businesses by the side of the road such as food stalls, or vendor carts.
By transforming the most commonly used fabric for these type of clothing and reframing their presence, the project examines space, class and local people’s resourcefulness in the usage of space. It also prompts the viewers to reassess their awareness and acknowledgement of certain types of work.
private public foreign garden
Balcony/Window gardens are a fascinating space halfway between private and public, acting as a grey semi-transparent border between people's homes and the outside world. In other words, it is a flexible space willing to negotiate and share, unlike the absolute and uncompromising nature of walls.
In Taipei (just as in Vietnam) people built extending cages outside of their apartment windows to expand their living space, and add a bit of greenery to their lives. A glimpse of the plants and objects in these spaces allows you some imagination of their owners. Perhaps a lot of them do not know that most of the plants they like to cultivate in their homes are of foreign origin.
My sculpture of live plants, wire and metal grid, examines the notion of inside and outside, private and public, familiar and foreign.