Eleven voices theatrically captured with the camera lens illustrating the diasporic reflections of contemporary Vietnam and Cambodia by artists KHVAY Samnang, An My LE, Dinh Q LE, NGO Dinh Truc, Uudam NGUYEN, PHAN Quang, Phunam, VANDY Rattana, TRAN Minh Duc and VO An Khanh. Poetic Politic is a group exhibition of contemporary photography, video and documentary, curated by Zoe Butt and co-organized by Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco and Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City.
Zoe Butt, curator and director of Sàn Art asks, "What does it mean to live in a country whose streets boast the booming voice of capitalism and yet the family lounge room still echoes with the memory of war? What does it mean to live in a country where the traditional art forms are lacking innovation, where cultural curricula and public event seem stuck in the era before the Khmer Rouge wiped out intellectual life or before Communist propaganda replaced one’s right to freedom of speech? The use of photography and video by artists from Cambodia and Vietnam poetically captures the contradictions and inconsistencies of belonging, living or dreaming about contexts they are intrinsically connected and yet perhaps, also removed. What is evident in this collection of works is the power of mobility in giving distance in reflective perspective on the social state of play in the communities these artists share, care and relate. From territorial conquest, the pressure to politically conform and acquiesce to authority, to the touristic monopolies that perpetuate popular cultural stereotype, this exhibition is a glimpse of the talent that visually and poetically rephrases the presence of a political voice."