Your Daughter is a Traitor / Con gái ta là kẻ phản bội


2019
Painting, Installation
Watercolor on silk, mother of pearl inlay and lacquer on wood, marble, steel
*Lacquer produced in collaboration with artist Đinh Văn Sơn
Installation dimensions variable
Thảo Nguyên Phan
Contemporary Art



It is the codification of a historical truth memorialized with symbol (eg. the crossbow of betrayal), systematized by language (eg. traditional mythical tale), that ultimately enthralls and concerns Thao Nguyen Phan in its capacity to contain, visualize and transmit knowledge (eg. Ethical or moral lessons). In Magical Bow (Your Daughter is a Traitor), Phan’s bows float disarmed, without their trigger arrows, in stasis as if they have been summarily paused. They are like the powerless army of King An Duong Vuong, but for Phan the static state of this army is not the consequence of an absent golden turtle claw, but the misplacement of learned history - like a bow whose function is rendered decorative without its arrow, so is the past rendered merely descriptive without its record (the arrow carries us to the target; the written record carries us to the reasons why something occurred).

(Text courtesy of the artist)


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2019
Họa phẩm, Sắp đặt
Màu nước trên lụa, xà cừ và sơn mài trên gỗ, đá cẩm thạch, thép
với cộng tác của nghệ sĩ Đinh Văn Sơn
Kích thước sắp đặt đa dạng
Thảo Nguyên Phan
Nghệ Thuật Đương Đại

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