|Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam|
|Date: 14 Jun - 20 Jun 2012|
Craig Thomas Gallery is pleased to present The Scar, a solo exhibition by Hue-based artist Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai. The exhibition is sponsored by the Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (Denmark).
Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai’s installation The Scar explores the cycle of life and death, the impermanence of being and the memory of trauma and experience. Through her work, Mai communicates the deepest of emotions resulting from the scars that mark one’s life, both physically and metaphorically. The artist uses natural materials that can best portray the cycle of transformation and change that takes place within a human being. Memory, pain and trauma are at the center of her exploration. Mai’s ultimate aim is to dig deep into the psyche and uncover those hidden feelings and emotions that persist and linger on.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai was born in Hue in 1983. She graduated in 2006 from the Hue College of Art where she is now a faculty member. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Vietnam and abroad, her most recent work being featured in Riverscape in Flux, organized in 2012 by the Goethe Institut, in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Mai is at present an artist in residence at San Art Laboratory, Ho Chi Minh City. The Scar is her first solo exhibition.