Please tell us who you are and what you’ve been working on recently.
Hoa Dung Clerget’s practice is based on sharing cultural memories through craft, installation and performance. She grew up in France in a Vietnamese community. Her family’s unwritten history is passed down orally and through everyday objects. These domestic objects tell the stories of immigrant women who through their gestures build the link between two different cultures.
KV Duong’s practice spans painting, sculpture and performance. He explores themes of war migration and cultural assimilation through a re-examination of his parents’ experience of the Vietnam war and his own experience of growing up in Canada in a minority immigrant family.
What drew you to each other’s practice?
We both share the common thread of exploring Vietnamese culture in our works. Aesthetically, we are drawn to each other’s use of material, our fascination with form and texture, and a degree of abstraction in our works. Conceptually, we challenge each other to explore new ways of thinking in our individual and collaborative practices.
How will you use the 1:1 FUND?
The funding will help us realise our exhibition, deliver a symposium and a workshop. Specifically, the funding will help pay for gallery rental, installation material cost, our artist fee, fee for the symposium key note speakers, written essay from an art critic/ writer, dossier for legacy and marketing material.
Why did you choose the idea you will be working on?
This exhibition will provide a social fabric for the community to gather, collaborate and form new shared experiences. We would like to maximize social impact of the Vietnamese community and to leave an information legacy for future generations.
What is the one thing you most hope to gain from undertaking this work?
We seek to gain visibility in the art community through this opportunity to hopefully gain UK gallery representation and future opportunities.