Art Vietnam Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Hanoi 18h/6h Hue 18h/6h of French photographer, Sebastien Laval in cooperation with the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel Hanoi to be held April 14-24 in the L’orangerie and the Metropole Gardens.
Laval is well known in Vietnam for his 54….photo installations of the ethnic minorities he has been passionately shooting for over 20 years. These classic, timeless, black and white photos of tender simple moments best express the beauty and simplicity of their humble lives. This body of work has been shown extensively throughout Vietnam in Hanoi, Hue, HCMC and also in the prestigious Hue Festival in 2008, 2010 and at the Hue festival 2014 this 54…. photo installation of 63 large photos was mounted along the entire length of the Truong Tien Bridge accompanied by the French Carabosse dance troupe and light show.
Laval’s work in conjunction with works by the highly respected photographer Le Vuong from Hanoi was chosen by the French government to be shown at the historical L’Orangerie Du Senat in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France in June 2014 for the festival celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relationship between France and Vietnam.
This April at the Metropole Hotel Hanoi, Laval will be exhibiting his latest body of photos, a distinct departure from his classic black and white, with dramatic works in color taken from 6pm until 6am in Hanoi along with his most recent new works of Hue 18h/6h. Entranced by the beauty and richness of the colors of the two cities in the deep shadows of the night, the photographer captures the poetic timelessness of their beauty. Using no artificial light the photos emanate a soulful stillness that silences the mind and draws one into the magic of each quiet moment.
For the Hue Festival 2016, Laval, partnering with Philippe Bouler, the Hue festival creator, director and art advisor from 2000 to 2012, the two collaborators have published a book of photos to be launched along with three exhibitions of photographs of Hue at night.
The Hue, City of the Crying Stones publication is composed of photographs, poetry and commentary by Vietnamese scholars on various topics about the architecture, women, poetry, harmony with water and timelessness of the city that are the themes of the book.
For the Hue Festival 2016 April 29 – 4 May, to complement the launch of the book, there will be three exhibitions of photographs of Hue located in La Residence Hue Hotel, the Imperial City garden of the queen mother’s residence and L’institut Francais.