18-25 Apr – Art Vietnam – Workshop Exhibition

Art Vietnam Gallery
7 Nguyen Khac Nhu, Hanoi

Opening – Fri, 18 Apr, 6-9 pm

Beat Presser with primarily Vietnamese photographers

Workshop Exhibition: My Oasis of Silence

It is with great pleasure that Art Vietnam presents workshop exhibition “My Oasis of Silence” by Beat Presser and over thirty Vietnamese photographers. At the close of the workshop the participants selected their best photographs and with the assistance of Beat Presser they produced a catalog of these images accompanied their individual written explanations of where they find their own oasis of silence.

viet-vanTo enter the world of Beat Presser’s photographic workshops is to be submerged deep into a mystical world where light and sound reign. The Swiss photographer is well known for leading dynamic, interactive workshops which inspire and encourage the participants to open their hearts and minds in order to see their world in a different light. Beat Presser, a man of great humor and insight, utilizes film clips from silent movies to deftly guide the participants into analyzing their own act of perception from a different and refreshingly new viewpoint. By highlighting points in these films that illustrate the power of stillness through the absence of movement, Beat Presser enables the participants to understand how stillness functions withinvu-huyen the human inclination towards narrative and to feel the profound impact that these moments of stillness carry. As Beat Presser explains, all photography is directly related to film in one way or another. Isolated moments on film become exceptional still photographs. A particular time and place is secluded and results in a beautifully heightened moment. As he guides us through scenes of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent and half silent films, Modern Times, City Lights, The Great Dictator, and Limelight, we are slowly drawn into a magical world where the power of quietude holds incredible sway.

Beat Presser’s workshop is entitled “ My Oasis of Silence” and he has facilitated it in several countries throughout Southeast Asia. In the spring of 2007 I had the privilege of watching this workshop unfold in Colombo, Sri Lanka. As I observed the participants of the workshop, some highly accomplished photographers, others eagerly learning, I saw how stimulated and excited they were by discovering new ways of interacting with the very idea of silence. The workshop had successfully facilitated each participant’s unique expression of his or her own sense of inner peace. Intrigued and impressed by the results of the workshop I decided that it would be a wonderful gift to bring this talented photographer to Vietnam.

Over the past two weeks Beat Presser has been leading a group of primarily Vietnamese photographers through the “My Oasis of Silence” workshop. The first week the participants focused on analog photography by utilizing old box cameras and by developing the resulting film in the darkroom. As Beat Presser explains, even in this modern age of digital photography it is essential for all photographers to know the very origin of the medium and to understand among other things the developing of film. It is only with this basis of knowledge that one can have a true understanding of the capabilities and potential of photography. The second week of the workshop focused on digital photography as this is becoming the dominant medium both in Vietnam and internationally.

At the close of the workshop the participants selected their best photographs and with the assistance of Beat Presser they produced a catalog of these images accompanied their individual written explanations oftran-can where they find their own oasis of silence. The results of their exploration will be exhibited at Art Vietnam Gallery from April 18, 2008 until April 25, 2008. The 64 photographs of Beat Presser that compose his book “Oasis of Silence” will also be on display to compliment and contrast the images which the Vietnamese photographers have chosen best express their own vision of this spiritual place of stillness.

Opening – Fri, 18 Apr, 6-9 pm


Art Vietnam Gallery
7 Nguyen Khac Nhu, Hanoi
10 am – 6 pm, closed Sundays
Tel: 84 4 927 2349
Fax: 84 4 927 2804
artvietnamgallery@gmail.com
info@artvietnamgallery.com
www.artvietnamgallery.com

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