[Exhibition update] Erasure by Dinh Q. Lê at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Art Projects, Chai Wan will be extended to 12th August, 2012. Opening hours Thursday to Sunday, 12noon to 5pm. Enquiry: (852) 25585665 or (852) 28100065.

10 Chancery Lane Gallery celebrates the great success of Erasure during this year’s Art HK in Hong Kong, by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê. Erasure, a commission by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), Sydney, Australia co-curated by Zoe Butt, director of San Art, Vietnam and proudly supported by Nicholas and Angela Curtis, is an interactive sculptural and video installation that draws on issues concerning refugees and asylum seekers and will continue to open to public until 30th July 2012. Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Art Projects, Chai Wan.

The darkened gallery space will be dominated by a floor-to-ceiling moving image of an 18th-century ship beached on an isolated coastline slowly being consumed by flames. Beneath this image will be a scene of destruction where, amongst the debris of stone boulders and fragmented boats, tens of thousands of small black and white photographs rest. These images, self-portraits, family and passport photos, represent the thousands of refugees who fled Vietnam post 1975 – a generation Dinh is a part and thus spent years buying such photographs in second-hand stores in the hope of finding his own family’s archives.

During the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to pick up these photographs which will be removed one by one, scanned, catalogued, stored and uploaded to a purpose built website (www.erasurearchive.net) for people to browse through this collection of oan hon  (lost souls) and perhaps find their own families.

Born in Vietnam in 1968, Lê moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1979 after fighting erupted between the Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge near Ha Tien at the Cambodian border. As a refugee himself, Lê was motivated to produce Erasure by the tragic sinking of an asylum seeker’s boat off Christmas Island, Australia in December 2010. Erasure was commissioned and realized by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney in July 2011, co-curated by Zoe Butt director of San Art, Vietnam and proudly supported by Nicholas and Angela Curtis, Sydney, Australia. Lê has chosen to exhibit Erasure now in Hong Kong due to its historical relation as a Vietnamese asylum seeking country. Lê’s practice challenges how our memories are recalled and how society archives the evidence of human suffering, elucidating commitment to the artistic process as a means of excavating history and the uncovering and revealing of alternate ideas of loss and redemption. This is Lê’s third solo exhibition at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.

Dinh Q. Lê is considered one of Vietnam’s most significant contemporary artists. His work has been shown at MoMA, New York (2011), the Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2008); Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington (2007); Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea (2007); The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas (2007); MoMA, PS1, Long Island City, New York (2006); Asia-Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art, Queensland ArtGallery/Gallery of Modern Art (2006); Asia Society, New York, New York (2005); Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003); The RISD Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island (2002); and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (2001). His work will be featured in Documenta (13), this June.

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