The hinterland is beyond what is visible and known, the back country of the mind, the not yet imagined. It is the far-a-way place
Hanoi, which translates to “the hinterland between the rivers” is located in the Red River Delta, in the center of Northern Vietnam.
The hinterland is the uncharted areas beyond a coastal district or a river’s banks. It is the part of a country where only a few people live and where the infrastructure is weak. The term was used to refer to the surrounding area of former European colonies, which although not part of the colony itself, were influenced and exploited by the colony.
The hinterland is the inland region lying behind a port, claimed by the state that owns the coast. The area from which products are delivered to a port for shipping elsewhere is that port’s hinterland.
HINTERLANDS aims to merge faraway places. We have transported the hinterlands of Hanoi, through the art and artists that engage with Nha San Studio, Vietnam’s longest running experimental arts space, to a kindred space in San Francisco
Nguyen Tran Nam (Hanoi)
Nguyen Tran Nam is a powerful artistic force in his generation. Born in Hung Yen province in 1979, he moved to Hanoi at the age of seven, and graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University in 2003 with a degree in painting. A multi-disciplinary artist working in video, installation, painting and performance, Nam’s work has exhibited at the Cadavre Exquis Video Series during the Contemporary Asian Art Week (New York City, USA), and in Hanoi Link: A Preview (Melbourne, Australia). In Vietnam he has held solo exhibitions at Ryllega gallery and in Nha San Studio’s Emerging Artist Program (Sponsored by the Danish Culture and Development Fund). He has participated in group shows such as Tam Ta at Bui Gallery, and San Art Gallery 10+ at Nhasan studio, X-seconds film project at Goethe Institute Hanoi, Three Days – Three Artists at L’espace Hanoi, and Kaleidoscope in Go in the Market at Viet Art Center, Hanoi.
Nguyen Phuon Linh (Hanoi)
Born in 1985 in Hanoi where she is also based, Nguyen Phuong Linh is one of Vietnam’s most promising young artists. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions with recent solo shows at 3147966 cm3 mobile gallery in Thailand, Nha San Studio in Vietnam and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. Phuong Linh has also held many international artist residencies with organizations such as Seoul Art Space, Korea, Kaman Art Foundation, Rajasthan, India.
Gabby Miller lives in between The San Francisco Bay Area and Hanoi, Vietnam. Gabby graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in anthropology, writing “Eat an Eel in a Red Baguette” a thesis about experimental art and artists from Vietnam. In Hanoi works as a tour guide and as the personal assistant to Nguyen Phuong Linh at Nha San Studio. In Oakland, she works at the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.