Guatemala, 1960s (Translatio Imperii series)
Nguyễn Việt Cường
Acrylic on cardboard
40 x 60 cm
I drew an electronics store in Saigon. Unfortunately, because of social distancing, the store had to shut down its business. Afterward, the store owner took advantage of their space to gather relief goods and sent necessities to his customers and those facing difficulty.
Sai Gon Box is a small project that I did during the lockdown period in Saigon during the COVID-19 pandemic. I used my personal perspective and drew how Saigon looked during these pandemic days on a cardboard box. These are relief boxes from online orders that I had received. Being restricted from going outside has given me time to turn inward and observe and self-reflect. This reflection has helped me light up my creative energy for the idea for this project.
(Text courtesy of the artist)