VietNamNet Bridge – Le Huy Hoang, in cooperation with Danish cultural foundation and Danish embassy, will open an installation at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from Friday until January 6.

The wall is 4 meters high and 10m long, dividing the exhibition room of the institute into two seperate areas. It is made out of bones pointing out humanity’s cruelty and the meaninglessness of war.

Numerous walls which spawned during the birth of man have been demolished but some still exist. All were built on blood and the hardship and sorrow of mankind. The walls were constructed from steel and concrete but there were also virtual boundaries, such as prejudice, discrimination and ignorance of human nature still existing in some sections of society.

He said: “As a Cambodian-Vietnamese artist, the artwork was originally inspired by the Cambodian genocide during the Pol Pot regime. From the beginning, this was just a story of an individuals’ feelings about Cambodia and Vietnam during this tragic time. The walls that inspired the exhibition are the Berlin wall, the border between North and South Korea, the Gaza strip and the Ben Hai river which separated the North and South of Vietnam before 1975.“

Huy said that the wall is often used as a metaphor for isolation, block or denial of an individual or a community.

There’s also, of course, a wall inside each person, which could be prejudice, discrimination or ignorance of human feeling. He also believes the artwork will show some aspects of human sorrow and hopes the audiences and the Vietnamese art community will share and appreciate the idea of the work.

The Goethe Institute is located at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.

Source: SGT