Xuân Hạ (b.1993, Da Nang), is a visual artist and multimedia artist. She has been an active practitioner in the local art community since the end of 2015, when she co-founded the art collective Chaosdowntown Cháo in Saigon. Since September 2019, she lives and works in Da Nang and co-founded "a sông club" in the hope of learning and understanding more about her homeland.

 

In her recent practice, Xuân Hạ reflects on questions around the direct and indirect impact of urbanization and industrialization on Millennial behavior, especially in Vietnam. Through various forms of experimenting with space, using fragments of daily material and manipulating moving images, she presents non-realistic scenarios by using loosely coupled pieces that tend to resist each other and allowing them to gradually give shape to a narrative. Her works are a set of documentation born out of an opposition between herself and the dizzying changes of her surrounding environment. Her practice is also a small and ordinary effort to make meaning according to personal perceptions.

Contact: shinxuanha@gmail.com

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Education:

2011-2014 Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture​, studied Graphic Design. 

2014-2015 Animation/3D at Keyframe.

Solo exhibitions:

2021   

  • "The White Sand In Exile" - Old Soul Art Hub, Da Nang. (The exhibition is supported by the British Council under The Cultural and Creative Hub Vietnam Project, 2018-2021, a project funded by the European Union and the British Council, implemented and organized by DNES in partnership with Old Soul Art Hub and A Sông Club)

2019   

2018   

  • "There's an ant inside my glass of water" - Chaosdowntown Cháo, Saigon. (This event is within the Asian IN/Visible Station project co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and curated by ZeroStation from 2016–2018)

Selected Group Exhibitions & Screenings :

2021  

  • Exhibition "Familiar" - Galerie Quynh, Saigon

2020   

  • Nổ Cái Bùm ART WEEK, Huế. 

  • [Art Convention] CABCON#1, is organized by CAB Hoi An. 

  • "Am I Superwoman?" - Sàn Art, Saigon. 

  • ​Screening "An ode to the microscopic", which is supported by Dcine, Central Studio, Prince Claus Fund and The Factory Arts Centre.

2019   

  • "Vănguard Retrospective Exhibition", organized by Vănguard and Dorchester Art Project, Boston, USA.

  • All animals are equal 2, A.Farm, Saigon. 

  • "Vườn lài, xứ sở diệu kỳ", is organized by Queer Forever, Hanoi. 

2018   

  • Open Studio at Asia Plex, Gwangju, Korea. ACC Arts Space Network Residency Program’, which is planned and operated by Asia Culture Center(ACC), is Art Space-in-Residence(AIR.) program of Asian Arts Space Network Project.

  • "Introducing Artist-made book" - Coeverything, Saigon.

2017

  • "Nederlands Film Festival" - HKU, Utrecht, Netherlands.

  • "Beyond Borders, ASEAN and the Republic of Korea Collaborative Painting" - BGC, Manila, Philippines.

  • "Future Bodies of ASIA" - Salon Saigon, Saigon.

  • “I Me Mine” - The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Saigon.

2016

  • “In_Ur_Scr! Show”- Six Space, Hanoi.

  •  “In_Ur_Scr! Show”- Chaosdowntown Cháo, Saigon.

  •  “Queer Forever Festival” - Nhà Sàn Collective, Hanoi.

  •  “Nothing [ON] show”- The Cube, Saigon.

2015

  • "SHE International Exchange", organised by Sao La (VN) x Sweet Art (UK) x Little Pink Monster Gallery (US).

  • "Queer đây", screening video "Lotus Out of the Way"- Observatory, Saigon.

  • “The Dynamic Black and White”- Zerostation, Saigon.

Residencies:

2020 

2019 

2018

  • ACC Arts Space Network Residency Program, which is planned and operated by Asia Culture Center(ACC), is Art Space-in-Residence(AIR.) program of Asian Arts Space Network Project - Gwangju, Korea.

  • FAMLAB – Film, Archive and Music Lab, Gia Lai and Ninh Thuan, organised by British Council.

Grants & Awards:

2021

Selected Books:

2018: ACC Art Space Network Residency Roundtable, ACC.

2017: Saigon Artbook 7.

2016: "SHE International Exchange", organised by Sao La (VN) x Sweet Art (UK) x Little Pink Monster Gallery (US).

2016: Vănguard zine issue 3.

Experiences:

​2016-present: Co-founder of Chaosdowntown Cháo, Saigon, Vietnam.

2019-present: Co-founder of a sông club, Da Nang, Vietnam.

​2020: Facilitator of Training Program "Art for Everyone"​, this program is within the Vietnam Cultural and Creative Space Project (CHV), 2018 - 2021, co-sponsored by the European Union and the British Council, and implemented by the British Council in collaboration with Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS).

2019: Assistant curator of Đường Chạy 0.3, curated by Vicky Do and Phan Anh, Hanoi.

2018: Guest Asian artist to Ajokai meeting in Hue.

2018: Guest Judge of “Parodiz Art Contest” , Renaissance International School, Sai Gon.

2016: Curated “Net-kid show 2.0”- Manzi , Ha noi.

2016: Curated “P3D3 show” –Chaosdowntown, Sai gon.

2016: Curated “Net-kid show 1.0”- Zerostation, Sai gon.

Fund received:

2021: The European Union and The British Council 

2019: FUTUR Foundation, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland

2018: The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, Japan

2017: Cutural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF), Denmark Embassy in Vietnam

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