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    Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

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    Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

    january 30- march 22 2014

    To go towards …

    Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba is a Japanese-Vietnamese artist, born in 1968. He grew up in the United States and went to art school in Chicago. For the past 16 years, he has lived in Ho Chi Minh City.

    The entirety of his work bears the mark of tradition, of the identity of his people, and of the diaspora that followed the war. However, the work of an artist is not that of a historical documentary, though his work uses poetic imagery and captivating sound. Beyond his own history, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba speaks of a contemporary period that leads us all along the path. In our lives, we go towards… Towards somewhere else, anywhere, always in the pursuit of happiness. There is of course the reality of the world, political and economic refugees, where survival depends on leaving their own homes, and being welcomed elsewhere. There is also a metaphorical sense in the work of Nguyen-Hatsushiba, the idea of leaving yourself, materially, and spiritually (notably in the series 49 times, 49 meters). It is rare in our contemporary lives to stay in the same place, to be born and to die in the same village, or the same city, or the same country… The artist's work speaks from this point of departure : that we actively leave, find, hope, and search.

    In order to do this, the artist's body is in action (the artist runs, a lifelong project where he plans to run 12,756.3 kilometers, the diameter of the earth). This archaic act of running transforms into an artistic gesture, aided by technology (a GPS watch). Thus, by the artist's body, the city is re-thought as a poetic, designed territory: that of the community (Yokohoma and it's sakura), that of the fable Jack and the beanstalk (the large green leaf of Guangzhou)…The body becomes a tool, it translates the thought.
    Here, the artistic work constantly questions the artistic medium. Le documentary form of the exhausted runners, filmed in the street or photographed passing by, fills the walls of videos that transform the landscape into a poetic narrative, these different mediums taking shape in the function of the different exhibition spaces (here, the only series is Breathing is Free).
    The singular work explains that the "How" is of little importance except when it is in service of the "What".

    What then of the Memorial Project video series? The body, again, and water. Duality. To breathe is again questioned in these videos. For Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, to breathe is on the one hand, the free (perhaps the only thing accessible to certain people today) and the freedom, the blast to go towards… These videos, veritable short lengths (Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba also did the music), shows the bodies of swimmers, prevented (they have to resurface to breathe), hindered (the bikes), harnessed (to a mask to breathe)… who despite all of this, advance underwater. There again, archaism (to swim) and technology blend to tell the eternal history of man: to go towards.

    Partnering with the festival Made in Asia, Toulouse

    Interview with Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba


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