Sep 18, 2019 / 12:57

Exhibition features artworks reminding Hanoi's past

The Hanoitimes - The exhibition showcases drawings, sketches and watercolor paintings created by fifteen students from Indochina College of Fine Arts (now Vietnam University of Fine Arts) and their teacher - Ferdinand de Fénis.

The artworks of street vendors surrounding by street cries take visitors back to Hanoi's old time with nostalgia. 

The installation art exhibition "Street vendors and street cries of Hanoi" is being held by L'Espace, the French cultural center, and the French School of the Far East (EFEO) at 24 Trang Tien street from September 13 to October 31. 

The exhibition showcases drawings, sketches and watercolor paintings created by fifteen students from Indochina College of Fine Arts (now Vietnam University of Fine Arts) and their teacher - Ferdinand de Fénis. 

The street vendors who crisscrossed the streets of the capital city, beginning their day from dawn, with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, sweets, snacks and food to offer are skillfully portrayed by the talented photographer Duy Phuong. 

The daily life of the Hanoi people is revealed through the combination of lightboxes, projections,and installations among others. Besides, the street cries of the vendors created by Dam Quang Minh and Dong Kinh Co Nhac artists also create a soundscape which awakes visitors' mind. 

Additionally, the center of the exhibition also showcases a bright flat bridge featuring 27 black-and-white photos of markets across the city from the 1920s to 1950s. The bridge is paved with tempered glass that allows the visitors to walk on, to stare or sit down closer to artworks and explore the stories of the street vendors and the markets.

The following are some photos and sketches showcased at the exhibition: 
A poridge cart vendor.
A bean poridge cart vendor.
Vendors carry bamboo frame were popular seen on streets of Hanoi in the past.
Vendors carrying bamboo frame were popular seen on streets of Hanoi in the past.
People were happy to sell and buy on the busy street.
People happily sell and buy on a busy street.
The view in front of Dong Xuan market.
The view in front of Dong Xuan market.
The picture of the old Hanoi is very simple.
The picture of the old Hanoi is very simple.