les gestes
de nos mémoires.

gesture 
of memories.

 

21st April - 06th June with the support of the French Institute Vietnam
L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi, Vietnam

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about
the exhibition.

"Les Gestes de nos mémoires" - "Gesture of memory"
is the second solo exhibition of Florian Song Nguyen about his research on memory, oblivion and the process of remembering.
He is working here on the link between movement and memory. 


These artworks took their origins on a protocol designed with the french contemporary choreographer Sebastien Ly. 
This protocol takes the form of an interview, it was given to Le Thi Mai Anh and Nhung Hungvo to answer.
They are both contemporary dancers based in Ho Chi Minh City. 
The interviews were filmed, recorded and phototographed in order to be the raw materials for both the artworks of Florian Song Nguyen and Sebastien Ly's choreography.

 

PERFORMANCE - "Au delà de l'absence" "Beyond the absence"
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Choreography : Sebastien Ly
Dancers : 
Mai Anh, Lisa Robert, Toan Trung, Luong Thi Truyen.

Mai Anh 
76*112cm
China ink on Canson paper.

protocol
Mai Anh.

1 / Think about one of your grandparents.
Could you name three things that you want to remember about : one common noun, one adjective and one verb.

- House

- White 

- Laugh

2 / Could you please link a gesture for each word.

Gesture n°1 - House
56*38,7cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Gesture n°2 - White
56*38,7cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Gesture n°3 - Smile
56*38,7cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

3 / Could you tell me a memory about the grandparent you were thinking of that you wish you will never forget.

After my birth, my grandmother went to the pagoda in order to subscribe my name as a buddhist. When the monk asked her :
"What is the name of your grand-daughter ?"
As she couldn't remember my real name, Le Thi Mai Anh, and she only remembered my nickname which is Thỏ (rabbit), she answered : 
« Could you put down Nguyễn Thị Thỏ, please ».
This was really fun. I am now 33 years old and up until now my family still call me «Thỏ».
We have been told this story so many times but every time we still laugh about it. 
I think I will never forget this memory.

4 / Your memory has been recorded. If you agree we are going to play it.
"The sound is a landscape. You don't have to translate everything that you are hearing.
Pick what you hear, open your imagination and translate it into dance."

Dancing the memory n°1
73,3*56cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Dancing the memory n°2
73,3*56cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Dancing the memory n°3
73,3*56cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Nhung
76*112cm
China ink on Canson paper.

protocol
Nhung.

1 / Think about one of your grandparents.
Could you name three things that you want to remember about : one common noun, one adjective and one verb.

- Big tree

- Green 

- Protect

2 / Could you please link a gesture for each word.

Gesture n°1 - Big tree
56*38,7cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Gesture n°2 - Green
56*38,7cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Gesture n°3 - Protect
56*38,7cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

3 / Could you tell me a memory about the grandparent you were thinking of that you wish you will never forget.

Actually, I never had the chance to know my grandparents because they passed away before I was born. 
Nonetheless, through some anectodes told by my parents, I've recreated for myself some beautiful memories.
I can feel the passion of my grandparents during the difficult times the country was going through. 
They did a lot in order to take good care of their children and grandchildren. They were passionate about their work and did all they could to improve their lives.
They taught honesty to their children and help them to become good citizens. 
According to what my mum had told me, sometimes it was really hard, sometimes they failed to overcome some issues.
When my grandmother passed away, my grandfather could not go through the pain...
For me thinking about this is really moving.
Most of them are not even real, it's only my imagination, according to the memories of my mother.

 

4 / Your memory has been recorded. If you agree we are going to play it.
"The sound is a landscape. You don't have to translate everything that you are hearing.
Pick what you hear, open your imagination and translate it into dance."

Dancing the memory n°1
73,3*56 cm
China ink on Canson paper.

 

Dancing the memory n°2
73,3*56 cm
China ink on Canson paper.

Dancing the memory 3
73,3*56 cm
China ink on Canson paper.

language
and making of memories.

Hippocampus
112*228 cm
China ink on Canson paper

 

"The hippocampus is a major component of the brains of humans and other vertebrates. The hippocampus belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory, and in spatial memory that enables navigation." Wikipedia

The necessity of building a specific language. 

Memory’s substance
12*12 cm
China ink on Canson paper

Oblivion’s substance
12*12 cm
China ink on Canson paper

view
of the exhibition.

dance
performance.

Sebastien Ly and the dancers used the artworks, Mai Anh's and Nhung's materials with some interviews from the audience to perform at the exhibition.
 

PERFORMANCE - "Au delà de l'absence" "Beyond the absence"
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Choreography : Sebastien Ly
Dancers : 
Mai Anh, Lisa Robert, Toan Trung, Luong Thi Truyen.