Detritus: A photo taken by Nana Chen.


Hanoi (VNA) - Taiwanese artist Nana Chen’s first solo exhibition entitled "Discarded" is open at Heritage Space, featuring a series of large size photos in an ongoing project by the artist in Ho Chi Minh City.

Twelve photos measuring 180cm by 120cm were taken by Nana from 2011 to present in District 2 in HCM City, where the artist currently lives.

As a person with a multi-disciplinary interest of architecture, interiors and music, Chen saw the poetic factor of the abandoned areas of the city. The scene lies in the still loneliness, the invisible quiet motion of the invisible objects such as an old grimy teddy bear or a manequin’s arms and head rolling in the garden.

The images that seem meaningless reveal part of a dark corner, some blurred region of the urban vignette, and the vast empty space of the human mind.

Chen is a Taipei-born photographer whose works has been published in The Observer, AFP, Marie Claire, Esquire, D-la Repubblica, SCMP and other publications.

Her recent projects include an ongoing portrait series of Thai transgender women in mainstream occupations, Nocturne: Bangkok’s Chinatown at rest; Chungking Mansions: the last ghetto in Hong Kong and a portrait series on Vietnam’s billionaire women. Her photographic subjects include themes on identity, displacement and subcultures.

She currently divides her time between HCM City, Bangkok and Europe.

The exhibition will run until March 25 at Dolphin Plaza, 6 Nguyen Hoang Street, My Dinh 2 ward, NamTuLiem district.-VNA