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REVIEWS

SINGAPORE

Fost Gallery

Phi Phi Oanh

Palimpsest

PHI PHI OANH, Installation view of lacquer skins projected onto gallery walls and mounted silk screens for 

“Palimpsest” at Fost Gallery, Singapore, 2014. 

Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Fost Gallery.

In "Palimpsest," Vietnamese-American artist Phi Phi Oanh rekindled our predecessors' fascination with the Laterna Magica, an archaic precursor to the slide projector. Oanh's work, however, does not project fables or morality tales, as these early "magic lanterns" once did, but rather puts forth idiosyncratic layers of lacquer and light. In the shadowy interior of Fost…

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