Art Director Nguyen Anh Tuan: Flexible model will encourage creativity

In Vietnam, young artists are increasingly interested in these experimental art forms. Nguyen Anh Tuan, art director of Heritage Space (in Hanoi), granted an interview to a Nhan Dan (People) Weekly reporter to share about how to encourage young contemporary artists to promote their creative potential. Vietnam has many young talents Q: After two terms of the Months of Arts Practice (MAP) launched by the Heritage Space both this year and last, many very young and new faces appeared. How do you assess them? A: Not only the Heritage Space but also many other contemporary art sites in Vietnam have attracted the participation of young people under 25 years old. They are artists, volunteers and audiences of the arts. Despite the limitations in infrastructure for contemporary arts, many young artists have great potential for creativity, which is a highlight of the Vietnamese contemporary arts life in relation to Southeast Asia and Asia. Q: An experienced contemporary artist said that the artists of his generation practice contemporary arts because of their eagerness for new experiences; however many younger artists pursue these forms for their ‘trend and fashion’. Do you think this is one of the reasons why the number of artists and viewers of contemporary arts has gradually increased in recent years? A: I remember since the mid-1990s, when painting attracted numerous foreign buyers, the number of fine art students has soared. In Vietnam, other sectors, such as banking, finance and information technology, have similar trends. The appeal of contemporary arts… [Read full story]


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