Lananh Le (1993 – 2020, Vietnam) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice focuses on oral history, mythology, and public cultures of memory. Her work illustrates a compulsion to create ‘mythical ecologies’, otherworldly realms where she can investigate the relationship between mythology, ecological formations, and how diverse cultures express their relationship with the universe. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Ethnicity Studies in 2015 before returning to Vietnam to be based in Ho Chi Minh City.
Wu, Chi-Tsung was born in 1981 in Taipei. Wu received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2004. He currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany. His work, in which he devotes great attention to the methods used in producing and interpreting images, spans across different media, including photography, video, installation art, painting and set design. He combines traditions and contemporary art forms from the East and the West. Daily objects and phenomena are great inspiration for his work, what he transforms into poetic imagery. He received the top prize of the Taipei Arts Award (2003), short-listed for the “Artes Mundi” (2006), received “WRO Media Art Biannual” (2013) – Award of Critics and Editors of Art Magazines”, and short-listed for the “Prudential Eye Awards” (2015). In 2018 and 2019 Wu travelled back and forth between Saigon and his studios in Taipei / Berlin for the residency at Mot+++.
Ed Smyth is an Irish artist currently living and working in Ho Chi Minh City. Ed is interested in the ideas of visual noise and degradation of form and explores these themes through his drawing practice.
Cian Duggan was brought up on skate culture during his teenage years. Drawing inspiration from its bootleg and DIY tradition, he combines this visual language with his interest in industrial materials and design. His large and unusual works are displayed throughout the facility, aiming to surprise the viewer by their unexpected appearance and display. His murals can be also found on A. Farm’s walls and courtyard.
Nguyen Quoc Chanh was born in 1958 in Bac Lieu, Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam. Lauded internationally as one of the most experimental and progressive poets in Vietnam, he has his writings published and performed in many countries including at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. He later started sculpture language only since 2010s. His ceramic practice is based on Bien Hoa traditional pottery and ceramic craftsmanship in particularly the distinctive soil and glaze. Nguyen Quoc Chanh pivots on both the materiality of soil and its historical philosophical narratives.
Born in Dak Lak, Central Highlands, in 1986 in a farmer family residing among various ethnic minority groups, Truong Cong Tung later moved to Saigon in his early 20s. Cong Tung witnessed the country’s rapid changes in economics, politics, society and environment in both rural and urban areas during its modernisation process that pivots on morphing the nature as per human’s desire and demand. Thus his artistic practice is a way to seek for explications of the absurdity when human reason and act towards their surrounding nature, in his contextual grounds and also through his browse in virtual worlds of old scientific, cosmological, philosophical books and Internet. Cong Tung’s bodies of works are often multilayered and consist of material manipulations by nature and human. They appear as coherent narratives, yet tacitly perplexing with manoeuvred images, information, fiction and facts. Truong Cong Tung’s works have been exhibited at Para Site (Hong Kong), Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh), Taipei Biennale 2016 and SeMa 2014.