The Goethe-Institut Hanoi will be hosting the photo installation 8m2 from Aug. 13 by acclaimed artist Nguyen The Son.
Addressing the living environment of Vietnam’s migration workers, the exhibition title refers to the minimum living space requirement in Vietnam during the subsidized economy era prior to Doi Moi.
Says the artist: “After half a century of struggling, many people still have to toss and turn in that 8m2, but it is not 8m2 for just one person, at times it is for up to eight people.”
Through his photo installation, Son addresses the individual consequences of industrialisation in Vietnam. People who move to the city in quest of work often live in severe conditions for years. The project documents the small corners of these living environments and gives the workers a voice by incorporating their personal belongings into the artwork.
The exhibition will open at the Goethe-Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh at 6pm on Thursday Aug. 13. It will then run daily until Aug. 30 from 9am to 7pm