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Windows on Life

The art of Nguyen Minh Thanh

Natalia Kraevskaia

NGUYEN MINH THANH, Mother, 1998, Chinese ink and watercolour on Chinese do paper

Choosing for yourself, choosing yourself ... Why does personal choice remain beyond the traditional frame of life in Vietnamese society, which continues to be determined by inertness, predestination and dependence? What are the principles of interaction between oneself and the human universe? These interrelated questions - which are opposed to Confucian ethical philosophy-set in motion the creative search of emerging Vietnamese artist Nguyen Minh Thanh, who draws on…

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