Nguyen Manh Hung | Vietnam
Go To Market |2013 | Wood, nylon bags, plastic fruit, metal tubes, cotton | Photo by Bui The Trung Nam | Courtesy the artist and Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City.
“The first installation, Go to Market (2013), combined prominent archetypes of Vietnamese culture, which resulted in an amusing twist. Incorporating Nguyen’s signature militaristic motif, a small aircraft carrying bags of plastic fruit appeared to launch from the back wall of the ground-floor gallery, with a semi-parabolic trail of exhaust rendered in wisps of cotton. Market fruits dangling from the missiles of a hostile jet fighter reflect an odd clash of territories, yet Nguyen’s understanding of their respective prevalence in Vietnamese society is apparent. Inscribing a palindromic “6776” identifier on the jet, he adds an homage to his birthdate—an impish stamp that immortalizes his tutelage under the air force and daily markets.” -Ruben Luong