ABOUT THE SPACE
Á Space (or Á for short) is a non-profit, experimental art space in Hanoi. Co-founded in 2018 by Tuấn Mami, Rory Gill, Lê Dụng Hiệp, and currently directed by Vân Đỗ, its mission is to support and develop the artistic practices of emerging artists and curators working across all media and disciplines.
We are strongly committed to developing the contemporary arts community in Vietnam, and forming bridges between the local and international art scenes.
In addition to being a physical exhibition space, Á Space also hosts workshops, artist talks, film screenings, and an artist-in-residency program.
ABOUT OUR PEOPLE
Vân Đỗ is a curator and writer currently based in Hanoi. Vân is a former member of the curatorial team at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Saigon. Since 2021, Vân has initiated and run several independent projects under ‘Curatorial Xà Quần’ and ‘Te Rẹt’ with her fellow artists and curators to further experiment with alternative models of curating and artistic practice and collaboration. Since February 2022, Vân has joined Á Space as Artistic Director to support young artists and curators based on the potential and existing platforms of Á Space, while developing a long-term project to rethink the possibilities of performance art.
Recent exhibitions and projects include: ‘Hà Ninh Pham: Recursive Fables’ (A+ WORKS OF ART, Kuala Lumpur, 2022); ‘IN:ACT 2022’, co-curated with Vũ Đức Toàn (Nhà Sàn Collective & Á Space, Hanoi, 2022); ‘Till Later Letters’, group exhibition by Bill Nguyễn, Lạc Hoàng, Nguyễn Hải Đăng, Nguyễn Thị Diệp, Phạm Nguyễn Anh Tú, Red, Xuân Hạ, and Mai Huyền Chi (Á Space, Hanoi, 2022); ‘Videồ Ạt – A study of video art and hybrid video practices’ (2021-ongoing); ‘Tò he learns how to swim’ (Bình Quới, Saigon, 2022); ‘Virtual Private Realm’, a group exhibition by Lananh Le, Din Sama, Nguyễn Đức Huy, mi-mimi, Nghĩa Đặng, Trịnh Cẩm Nhi and Phạm Hà Ninh (co-curated with Phạm Hà Ninh, Manzi Art Space, Hanoi, 2021); ‘Within / Between / Beneath / Upon’, group exhibition by Thảo Nguyên Phan, Richard Streitmatter-Trần, Lê Hiền Minh (co-curated with Bill Nguyễn, The Factory, Saigon, 2021); ‘An Ode to the Microscopic’, moving image screening (DCINE, Saigon, 2020); ‘Silent Intimacy’, a solo exhibition by Đặng Thuỳ Anh (The Factory, 2019).
Public Engagement Manager
mi-mimi is the artist-persona of Lê Hương Mi (Hương Mi Lê), a teacher teaching History of Graphic Design and Typography at the Monster Lab Art & Design Academy, the educating manager at Noirfoto Darkroom-Studio-Gallery, a columnist at iDesign. Mi is also a freelance translator and book editor, and an independent organizer of workshops and seminars on art and design. Mi works with institutions such as Thái Hà Books, the Institute of Sino-Nom Studies, VCCA, Sunday Art Club, iDesign, Pencil Philosophy… mi-mimi is a poet and a visual artist
At Á Space, mi-mimi continues to work in communication and education activities to develop the community of practitioners and audiences of art.
As an artist, Mi participated in: ‘Virtual Private Realm’ – group visual art exhibition – Manzi Art Space (2021, Hanoi); ‘Animal Theater 2019’ – Á Space (2019, Hanoi); ‘Poetry Plus’ – Performance Plus 2019 – Mot+++ (2019, HCMC); ‘When the Birds Fly Home’ – Photography and Storytelling Exhibition – Vietnamese Women’s Museum (2016, Hanoi).
Tech & Space Manager
Quang Quang (Quang Duo / QuaDuong) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hanoi, Vietnam. His practice focuses on the relationship between humans and landscapes (including nature/man-made landscapes). Through observing and playfully disrupting natural and unnatural subjects, the artist is able to distil and extract a speculative narrative about the objects and phenomenons around him. Through design, installation and performance, those objects which he has chosen, come under focus and examination. Viewers are asked to see these objects as they truly are and what they can become given a passing of time.
At Á Space, Quang formerly participated in the management team as General Manager in 2020. He continued to support the space afterwards as a volunteer while developing his own practice and working in other art institutions. In 2022, he returns to the management team of Á Space and assumes the role of Technical Manager.
Hồng Anh is a girl born in 2003. Hồng Anh had a short time working as a volunteer at Manzi Art Space before joining Á Space. At Á Space, initially she also started as a volunteer and participated in installing and coordinating a number of events such as ‘Chợt mộng tan’, a solo exhibition by Đặng Thùy Anh and most recently IN:ACT 2022. Despite her young age, she has taken on many positions in non-governmental organizations in the fields of education and environment. Between 2021 and 2022, she participated and collaborated with NGOs to write reports related to environmental issues. Currently, she is an intern at the ECODE Ecological Community Development Center, working as Assistant to Director.
Nguyễn Thanh Tâm
Nguyễn Thanh Tâm (b. 2006) is a poet, a translator, a performance art practitioner and currently serving as Curatorial Assistant at Á Space to learn more about curatorial practices. Her works, either literary concoctions or translations, have appeared on The Offing, The Miami Dade College, Cathartic Lit Magazine and GENCONTROLZ and are forthcoming in a US-based spoken poetry anthology, Netflix. In her practices, she dibbles herself in the breakable possibilities of being (un)loved, unloving, the unbridled nourishment of leftover-like memories. At the moment, she is translating a book on Lên Đồng Culture.
In 2022, Á Space is delighted to be supported by our volunteers:
- Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Hiền
- Nguyễn Hải Lê
- Nguyễn Thu Phương (Cas)
- Nguyễn Phương Trang
- Nguyễn Thị Mỹ Trinh
- Hoàng Ngô Minh Xuân (Suam).
We would like to send our warmest thanks to all of our volunteers who have silently and zealously contributed to the wellbeing of Á Space.