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What Delights The Spirits
Following a three-month residency in Hanoi, Emma Perrochon and Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez present their work at Tadioto Gallery (exhibition curated by Nguyen Qui Duc).
Covering several weeks of artistic practice, the works presented in this exhibition include different mediums: sculptures, paintings on canvas, drawings and video. The techniques used play an integral role in the concepts behind the works. The artists committed themselves to manipulate (transform, enlarge, draw, reproduce, divert, collect, assemble, stitch, fix, dry, braid, fashion, photograph, film, etc.) the representative elements of Vietnamese culture in order to show a singularity.
Emma Perrochon and Frédéric Sanchez are absorbed with objects and symbols from daily life, from the trivial to the vital, and breathe new life into them in the studio. Whether as works of art, or as a collection of popular objects that they collected during their previous visits: improvised advertising signs, structures for goods sold by sidewalk hawkers, everything related to the small businesses that animate the streets.
Votive papers—small pieces of white, red and gold paper that people burn as offering to ancestors—are transformed into stretched canvas prints to become geometric abstract paintings ready to catch on fire. Hundreds of grains of rice are sculpted from charcoal and set inside a bowl made with the same black material, built by artisans who originally were miners, from the town of Hon Gai near Ha Long Bay. Or still, white noodle strands are braided like hair and dipped in a white bowl filled with black ink. Black hair, white porcelain skin.