2009 LIM DIM


The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway


27 August – 4 October 2009


The Stenersen Museum


Trần Lương


Lại Thị Diệu Hà, Đinh Q.Lê, Lê Vũ, Nguyễn Huy An, Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, Nguyễn Minh Phước, Nguyễn Quang Huy, Nguyễn Trinh Thi, Tuấn Andrew & Phù Nam Thúc Hà, Nguyễn Văn Phúc, Phạm Ngọc Dương, Trần Trọng Vũ, Trương Tân, Vũ Hồng Ninh


“Lim Dim – a multiple-meaning concept that may translate close to ‘eyes partly open’ – is first and foremost an exhibition of Vietnamese art, but more importantly it is an exhibition that presents a new generation whose work has rarely been shown in Europe. More specifically, the exhibition presents a group of artists who are socially interconnected, who meet regularly for dinner and drinks, exhibit in outsider venues such as the cutting-edge Nha San Duc Studio, share the outsider status of official non-recognition, and closely observe and consistently challenge quiet everyday order while they are constantly subject to quiet scrutiny. Hence the highly metaphorical title of the exhibition.” – From the exhibition catalog.

Lim Dim

Is to be unaware or pretend to be unaware.

Is a sultry midday, being half-awake half-conscious.

Is somebody being partly-asleep, while seeming to be watching somebody else.

Is something unclear of being true or false.

Is people or objects moving dis-orientedly.

Is something yet to be boiled,

and the smouldering of silence.

– Curator Statement