Vietnam seen through lens of local, foreign artists

French photographer Rehahn opens heritage exhibition in HanoiPhi Vu A “Precious Heritage” exhibition featuring 35 of French photographer Rehahn’s photos highlighting the beauty of elderly women and kids from ethnic minority groups across the country is taking place at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Cau Giay District, Hanoi until October 1. In a statement sent to the Daily on August 2, Rehahn, who has been living in the ancient town of Hoi An for six years, says the photo collection is aimed to honor the exotic and colorful richness of Vietnam’s ethnic culture and preserve the vanishing cultural heritage in the age of globalization. Earlier, the Frenchman, who has taken over 45,000 photos about Vietnam’s landscapes and people, has put on a free outdoor exhibition, also called “Precious Heritage”, in the World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam throughout this summer. In Vietnam, tourists, including those in the country, are often interested in exploring Halong Bay, beautiful beaches in Nha Trang, and Hoi An’s Yellow City, among others. Therefore, Rehahn has tried to depict Vietnam in a different perspective. In six years of traveling around the country, he has witnessed more interesting facets of the nation. Rehahn published his first photo book about Vietnam in 2014, called Mosaic of Contrasts, followed by “Vietnam, Mosaic of Contrasts Volume II” in late 2015. Last March, his photograph ‘Hidden Smile’ featuring Madame Xong, a boat rower in the Hoai River in Hoi An, found its new…... [read more]

The historic city of Hoi An will re-enact a 17th century wedding parade held for Princess Ngoc Hoa and Japanese businessman Araki Sotaro in the old quarter as part of the 14th annual Hoi An-Japan Culture Festival from August 18-20. Hoai River in Hoi An The city’s Culture and Sports Centre said the parade marks the relationship between the Japanese community and Hoi An city 400 years ago when Japanese traders docked at the busy trading port. The homes built by many of these traders have been preserved. Local residents preserve the tombs of Japanese traders who died in Hoi An in the 17th century. The oldest was Tani Yajirobei’s, who was believed to have died in 1647, and his records include the oldest and clearest information related to his life, including a love affair with a local woman. The love story reflected the close relationship between Japanese traders and Hoi An residents during a wealthy period of the town’s history in the early 17th century. Japanese singers Min, Ueno Yuuka, One Asia Join Concert band, and the Hanoi Sennen Yosakoi Dance team will perform at the festival along with local folk art troupes. Vietnamese and Japanese participants will demonstrate cosplays and martial arts performances of karate, judo, Vietnamese traditional Vovinam, while craftsmen will offer visitors traditional Yukata try-ons, origami (paper folding) and local lantern making. Artist Nguyen Quoc Dung will display his photo collection at the city’s Sculpture Park on the Hoai River bank, while French photographer Rehahn will…... [read more]

The historic city of Hội An will re-enact a 17th century wedding parade held for Princess Ngọc Hoa and Japanese businessman Araki Sotaro in the old quarter as part of the 14th annual Hội An-Japan Culture Festival on August 18-20. The Hoài River in Hội An city. - VNS Photos Công Thành The city’s Culture and Sports Centre said the parade marks the relationship between the Japanese community and Hội An city 400 years ago when Japanese traders docked at the busy trading port. The homes built by many of these traders have been preserved. Local residents preserve the tombs of Japanese traders who died in Hội An in the 17th century. The oldest was Tani Yajirobei’s, who is believed to have died in 1647, and his records include the oldest and clearest information related to his life, including a love affair with a local woman. The love story reflected the close relationship between Japanese traders and Hội An residents during a wealthy period of the town’s history in the early 17th century. Japanese singers Min, Ueno Yuuka, One Asia Join Concert band, and the Hà Nội Sennen Yosakoi Dance team will perform at the festival along with local folk art troupes. Vietnamese and Japanese participants will demonstrate cosplays and martial arts performances of karate, judo, Vietnamese traditional Vovinam, while craftsmen will offer visitors traditional Yukata try-ons, origami (paper folding) and local…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The first impression many tourists get upon arrival in Hoi An is the charm of the many houses ofa dark yellow color. Hoi An has houses built in the French colonial time, Japanese temples, and wooden houses of Chinese merchants. However, the conversion of culture and architectural style is not what makes the unique impression. The most striking thing entering the old town is the characteristic dark yellow color of the majority of houses. Why is it yellow? In theory, many people believe that yellow is a symbol of royalty. More practically, some people believe that the yellow absorbs less heat, so it is suitable to the humid, tropical weather in Vietnam. For whatever reason, the yellow color reflects the beautiful culture of Vietnam, symbolizing luck, pride and prosperity. Most altars in Vietnamese families are decorated with yellow flowers and gilt ornaments. Hoi An has nearly 1,000 ancient houses and of these 844 houses are included on the list of UNESCO's cultural heritage. These houses have attracted many visitors and artists for centuries. French photographer Rehahn - who has spent a long time learning about Hoi An - commented: "Hoi An likes an outdoor gallery. The light and yellow walls create the perfect backdrop for any photographic topic and they have constantly inspired me." Hoi An ancient town has been strictly conserved, with traditional wooden architecture of the 17th – 18th centuries in the old quarter, canals, bridges and yellow walls everywhere. Through hundreds of years, it…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HỘI AN - The central city of Hội An will provide free tickets for tourists visiting the ancient town on Sunday on the occasion of Heritage Day and the 17th anniversary of Hội An's recognition as a world heritage city by UNESCO. The city's Culture and Sports centre said cultural performances, outdoor exhibitions and photo displays will be held at public sites and exhibition centres through December. Folk songs and Bài Chòi (a traditional Vietnamese game) competitions for children will be staged every night at the city's Sculpture Park on the Hoài River bank from yesterday through Saturday. French photographer Rehahn Croquevielle will display his photo exhibition, Life in old quarter, at the Sculpture Park in Nguyễn Phúc Chu Street on December 1-2. Local artist Trương Bách Tường will also display his painting show, Inside, Outside, at 57 Trần Phú street on December 3-8. An exhibition of pottery products of Thanh Hà village are on display at the Folk Culture Museum at 33 Nguyễn Thái Học Street till December 5. According to the centre, more than 500 local and expat runners will join the annual marathon race at the Hoài River Square on Saturday (December 3). In 2014, Hội An provided 39 free entrance cards for people, of which 13 were foreign residents living in the city, to the old quarter. - VNS... [read more]

Rehahn opens exhibition to raise funds for needy kids The Saigon Times Daily A photo is on display at the ongoing exhibition “Childhood” by Rehahn at the Caravelle Saigon - PHOTO: REHAHN An exhibition themed Childhood by French photographer Rehahn kicked off yesterday at the Caravelle Saigon in HCMC’s District 1 to raise funds for needy kids at the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. Via 15 creations, Rehahn conveys unique images about joy and hope of Vietnamese kids looking forwards to a brighter future despite difficulties and challenges in their lives. Most of the characters in his photos are ethnic minority kids in mountainous regions. The exhibition’s organizers, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and the Caravelle Saigon, aim to raise people’s awareness on children protection and the development of younger generations in the future. Rehahn told the Daily that he is building a gallery-museum which covers over 200 square meters in the ancient town of Hoi An. The place is expected to display photos, costumes and artifacts of ethnic minority people during Rehahn’s five years of exploration in Vietnam. The exhibition takes place at the Opera II on level 3 of the Caravelle Saigon at 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC until November 30.... [read more]

The Co Tu Rehahn and Rene Leen The Co Tu tribe of about 61,588 (census 2009) live mainly in the central coast provinces of Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue. The Co Tu inhabit the mountainous regions of central Vietnam, west of Hoi An and Danang, right up to and over the Vietnamese-Lao border. The cultural history of the Co Tu is handed down in oral folklore so there is very little written history in existence today. Hereunder is a photo collection by French photographer Rehahn who has visited the Co Tu ethnic tribe quite regularly. The village of Co Tu people is a colorful place with a strong sense of pride. Upon entering the village, visitors can often find the women adorned in their colorful traditional costumes, which they wear with pride. This is something that’s not as common as people might think. With the ever changing times, a lot of ethnic tribes don’t wear or make their cultural costumes anymore. The Co Tu people are very warm, friendly, hospitable and sociable. They love sharing their culture and traditions with the world. Even though some are living below the poverty line, they always have a positive outlook and look on the bright side of life. Thanks to generous funding from the Quang Nam government, an injection of funds into cultural awareness programs and support through tourism efforts, this tribe has a chance of securing their cultural heritage.... [read more]

Rehahn opens Vietnam photo gallery in Paris Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang - The Saigon Times Daily French photographer Rehahn, who has taken over 45,000 photos about Vietnam’s landscapes and people, has launched his gallery Ici et Ailleurs in the Old Quarter of Versailles in Paris to feature a collection of pictures about Vietnam. He told the Daily that this is his second gallery after the first called “Couleurs D’Asie” (Colors of Asia) in the ancient city of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province on Vietnam’s central coast last October. The name of the gallery has a meaning in English as here and somewhere else. The two-storey gallery which covers an area of 180 square meters is located in an old building built in the 17th century. The venue features limited editions of his photo collection which are priced from 1,000 euros to 10,000 euros per item. The opening night of his galley in Paris was attended by representatives of travel agents, airline companies and NGOs, such as Exotissimo, Air France, Thai Airways, Enfants du Vietnam and Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. The gallery is open all year round with two staff taking care of the operation while Rehahn is based in Hoi An. Previously, Rehahn had a busy May making a world tour to five cities – Toronto (Canada), Havana (Cuba), Worclaw (Poland), Namur (Belgium) and Versailles (Paris) – to exhibit a collection of 20 to 40 photos about Vietnam at each location. He received good news from the owner…... [read more]

The biggest ice cream bar of Vietnam in Hoi An Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang - The Saigon Times Daily Ice cream lovers who have a chance to visit the ancient town of Hoi An in the central coast province of Quang Nam should head for Enjoy Restaurant-Bar-Gallery that offers 60 ice-cream flavors and over 20 toppings for guests to choose from. The restaurant which was opened in March 2013 has an eye-catching look as it is decorated by colorful lanterns and white rattan furniture outside. Once entering inside, guests might be impressed to see a huge collection of French ice cream products of Enjoy. In 2014, voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in Hoi An by TripAdvisor, Enjoy became the biggest ice cream bar of Vietnam with more than 55 flavors. Guests to the restaurant can choose favorite tastes and toppings and weigh it before paying the bill. Guests will be charged VND60,000 for 100g, or about two scoops of ice cream. Guests may recognize that the ice cream taste of Enjoy is different from others as it has less sugar and is made of French milk Elle & Vire and fruit grown mostly in Vietnam. Other highlights at the restaurant are Western and Vietnamese food and drinks, including burgers, pasta, waffles, Mojito, and coffee Lavazza and Vietnamese-style crepe (banh xeo), spring rolls, Hoi An chicken rice, and Hoi An fried wonton, among others. Food is priced from VND50,000 per dish. Enjoy is also a venue for…... [read more]

French photographer sells Vietnam-theme photo for 10,000 euros Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang - The Saigon Times Daily The photo “Best Friends” featuring six-year-old M’Nong ethnic minority girl, Kim Luan, and an old elephant as her friend by popular French photographer Rehahn - PHOTO: COURTESY OF REHAHN A photo titled Best Friends by popular French photographer Rehahn was sold at a record price of 10,000 euros to a private collector at an exhibition in Brittany (France) in late October. “Best Friends” features six-year-old M’Nong ethnic minority girl Kim Luan praying in front of an old elephant as her friend. M’Nong people consider elephants as members of their family. In the photo, Kim Luan wears a traditional dress which is hard to find on October 3. The solo exhibition of Rehahn who has had nearly 60,000 photos about Vietnam was organized by the Eleven Art Gallery with the attendance of 200 guests. The event featured 20 photos of Vietnam in big sizes of 60x90cm and 1x1.5m priced from 950 euros to 10,000 euros. The “Best Friends” photo, also the biggest at the exhibition, is among three limited copies in the world. François Salmon, the owner of the gallery, said it is his most expensive photograph sold since he has started to work in photography industry for the past 20 years. Rehahn told the Daily that he would spend part of the money on a project to improve the lives of Kim Luan and her family in the Central Highlands city of…... [read more]




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