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Que by Day, Pre-Opening by Đạt Vũ

Stories – December 2020

Photography series of Que by Kaarem's pre-opening, our brick-and-mortar in Saigon, documented by Đạt Vũ in 2019.

A little over a year ago, when tiles were still being laid, and the wood placed for our floors, after a long journey in transport from Cam Ranh (Kaarem studio director's hometown), and a tiny bridge connecting the back of our space to Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh was in-progress—we invited our friend and artist Đạt Vũ to come document our space.

This is a selection of images from a day Đạt spent photographing Que in November of 2019. We cannot believe it has been a year, and what a year it has been! We are immensely grateful for all of your support this past year. Thank you to our friends, collaborators and supporters for helping us fill this space with warmth and making it extra cozy, just like home : ).

About Đạt Vũ

Đạt Vũ is a Vietnamese photo artist born in Saigon in 1991. He lived and studied abroad for about 10 years before returning to Vietnam in 2016. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in Art Studio from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT, USA) in 2015. Having spent a large part of his formative years abroad, he has learnt to rely on photography as a medium to explore and to acclimatize with each new environment, as well as to build his syncretic identity. Through the medium, he grapples with the contexts and concepts that situate himself: masculinity, sexuality and nationalism.

He develops his visual language through observing suspended human behaviors in public and private spheres, and about vernacular spaces in transition. In his work, he has become concerned with the idea of representation, intervention and performativity. In turn, his photographic practice plays with different modes of decontextualization and deconstruction: constructing narratives through combining the found and the staged.

Vũ Tiến Đạt từng học tập tại Singapore và Mỹ trong suốt 10 năm và trở về Việt Nam vào năm 2016.

Các sáng tác nghệ thuật của anh khai thác các ý tưởng của tính biểu thị, của sự tác động và vận hành thông qua những vùng địa lý, lịch sử và chính trị khác nhau, Anh phát triển ngôn từ của hình ảnh xoay quanh các nghiên cứu về không gian và cử chỉ của cơ thể, cách cư xử và mối quan hệ giữa con người. Đồng thời, anh cũng tiến hành phối hợp nhiều phương thức khác cùng với nhiếp ảnh như nghệ thuật sắp đặt, biểu diễn và video.




Đạt Vũ




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Que by Kaarem
118 Pham Viet Chanh
Phuong 19, Binh Thanh District
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam