1 – 13 December 2015
Art Labor is an artist collective based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The collective work in between visual arts, social and life sciences in order to produce alternative and non-formal knowledge through artistic and cultural activities in unconventional and public contexts. It includes three core members: artists Phan Thao Nguyen and Truong Cong Tung and curator/writer Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran.
Art Labor will recreate a Hammock Café serving traditional Vietnamese coffee, akin to the many itinerant roadside-resting spots of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The café will be a place for visitors to sit together, chat, rest, observe, think or simply pass time, alluding to the café culture central to Vietnamese daily life. The name Jarai Dew Hammock Café is an introduction into Art Labor’s long-term project. That takes inspiration from the Jarai people of Vietnam's Central Highlands and their philosophy on the cycle of life. After death, humans will go through many stages to get back to their origins of existence. The final stage is that they transform into dew (ia ngôm in Jarai language) evaporating into the environment – a state of non-being – the beginning particles of a new existence.
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Jarai Dew Hammock Café by Artists-in-Residence, Art Labor
Jarai Dew Hammock Café takes inspiration from the Jarai people of Vietnam’s Central Highlands and their philosophy on the cycle of life. Art Labor will recreate a Hammock Café serving traditional Vietnamese coffee, akin to the many itinerant roadside-resting spots of Vietnamese daily life.