(23-06-2006)

Heave ho: A photograph of a worker at the Phu My Power Plant, displayed at the exhibition in HCM City. — Photo Christine Berger

HCM CITY — Thirteen Vietnamese and French photographers will display their works featuring mainly Vietnamese images at an exhibition which opens today in HCM City.

The First Photo Exhibition Month, to be held by the French consulate’s Culture Co-operation and Activities Department and the Institute for Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF), hopes to showcase an overall picture of Vietnamese life.

"The [event] is also a bridge between Vietnamese and French photographers and will promote cultural exchanges between the two countries," Francois Cheval, head of the organising committee, said. While the exhibition will be held at three venues in the city centre, the opening ceremony is slated for the Fine Arts Museum on Pho Duc Chinh Street in District 1.

Hoang Kim Dang, Lam Duc Hien, and Antoine d’Agata will display more than 21 portrait photos featuring mainly Vietnamese people from June 23 to July 7.

Kim Dang’s photos are expected to open a window to the past. Titled Nguoi Linh (Vietnamese Soldier), they are a tribute to the brave Vietnamese soldier and an appreciation of the nation’s aspiration for freedom.

Anne Marie Filaire, Nicolas Pascarel, Christian Berger, Bui Huu Phuoc, and Phillippe Bordas will exhibit photos featuring urban life in Viet Nam, especially in major cities like HCM City.

Ange Leccia will present his photos – Storms, Sea, Unreason of Louvre Museum, and the Sun – through a video projector on a big screen from June 23 to July 16.

At the opening ceremony, the organisers will exhibit some photos of France’s Nicephore Niepce Museum on a big screen by using interactive 3D.

At another venue, HCM City’s War Remnants Museum on Vo Van Tan Street, an exhibition of Vietnamese-French photographer Liz Nguyen’s photos will be on display from June 24 to July 16.

There will be 11 photos under the title Surface. Widely travelled, she used her lens all the while to record her adventures. Her focus during her travel in Viet Nam was the great misery during the wars.

The last venue is IDECAF on Thai Van Lung Street which will display works by French photographers like Alain Leloup, Christian Milovanoff and Gael Pollin from June 23 to July 16.

They illuminate Vietnamese life, especially Alain Leloup’s photo records of living with a family in an urban setting like HCM City.

The organisers will also host two seminars on photographic art tomorrow and July 27 at IDECAF in which Xuan Khanh, Trung Nam, Alain Leloup, Ange Leccia, and Gael Pollin will participate. — VNS

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