08/11/2018 15:11 GMT+7 print

The art space of Le Giang

Le Giang, one of the founders of Six Space, the first visual art space in Hanoi, has a desire to promote the visual arts in the community and change the views of young people about the arts. Giang appeared on Forbes Vietnam’s 30 Under 30 List 2018.  

After completing her MA in Fine Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, in 2012, Giang returned home with a passion to disseminate art trends and change the views about art among young people.

In 2013, Giang set up Blossom Art House and opened workshops in the visual arts, the first of its kind in Hanoi. The workshops deal with topics of young people’s interest like photography, drama improvisation and printmaking. Each workshop is an open talk between art lovers and a specialist in the discussed topic.

Encouraged by positive outcomes from the operation of Blossom Art House, in 2015, Giang and her friend, artist Do Tuong Linh, established Six Space, one of the first visual art spaces in Hanoi. 

Artist Le Giang at Six Space, one of the first visual art spaces in Hanoi.

Giang (white shirt) at the opening of her private exhibition.

A sculpture by Giang on display at an art exhibition in the Philippines.

Giang creates sculptures to prove that women can make sculptures like men.

In 2013, Giang set up Blossom Art House and opened the first workshops on the visual arts in Hanoi.

Giang is a young artist who likes to experiment and supports young artists to connect with foreign artists.

Six Space aims to support young artists and bring the visual arts closer to the community. With the belief that collaboration and dialogue are key to contemporary art, Six Space seeks to establish connections with artists, designers, curators, writers, musicians, filmmakers, educators, cultural workers, performers, students, and the general audience.

“Six Space was born from a view that young artists need an art space rather than merely galleries for displaying their works,” Giang said.

Six Space is different from other art spaces in Vietnam in that it targets young art lovers who may not be trained professionally.

With the idea of using the internet as a new art space, in early 2017, Giang held the first online exhibition in Vietnam “In_ur_scr” (In your screen), which allowed the audience to freely access works of art on the screen through links and QR codes. The exhibition immediately attracted public attention as it created a space for young artists to showcase their art.

After art projects which aimed at initiating new trends, Giang started new projects “which are sustainable and serve the Vietnamese audience”, she said.

One of them was Artisan, a project which seeks to connect young artists with artisans from craft villages. For a whole year, Giang and young artists visited more than 80 craft villages in north Vietnam to get to know the different trades, ideas and thoughts of artisans.

Giang also has painting classes for children at Six Space.

Six Space is different from other art spaces in Vietnam in that it targets young art lovers who are not professionally trained.

Giang (orange shirt) at a workshop displaying jointly created art after her experiment in craft villages.

Giang teaches children the way to create traditional art.

Giang’s associates are Vietnamese and foreign artists.

Giang’s view of art is that anything a man can do, a woman can also. 

Giang sought to build a map of craft villages which could make traditional handicraft products of a contemporary nature by enhancing the creativity of artisans rather than their dependence on the samples ordered by clients.

To this end, Giang and her associates spent two months at industrial workshops with the hope of creating changes in the creation of products by intervening in a production step or in the production management method of the workshops.

According to Giang, the most important thing in Artisan is interaction between artists and artisans rather than the making of the finished products.

“We want to show them (the artisans) our ideas and want to learn from them as well,” Giang said.

For Giang, the introduction of contemporary art into life is not merely the end product but the stages through which the product is made. “That’s the way the artists interact with contemporary life,” she said
Story: Thao Vy Photos: Tran Thanh Giang