Dinh Q. Lê: Earthly Delights
Internationally acclaimed artist Dinh Q. Lê returns to Project Fulfill Art Space for his first solo exhibition in Taiwan, opening this November. Exhibited will be seven new works from his renowned ‘photo weaving series’, inspired by traditional Vietnamese grass mat weaving, photographic images are layered in a repeating pattern, creating large-scale photo-montages, portraying altered perceptions of historical events and our collective memory. A central feature of the exhibition will be his monumental photo scroll work, where the artist stretches an image to create a 50 meter long photographic scroll. Drawing on ancient Chinese scroll paintings, only a distorted partial view of the work is revealed to the viewer, challenging our perceptions of representation.
Dinh Q. Lê’s solo exhibition titled Earthly Delights references 15th Century Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. Painted over 500 years ago, historians are divided on the interpretation of the painting, ranging from a moral warning to worldly temptations, to a celebration of sexual joy and life’s pleasures. This dichotomy in the approach to sexuality is reflected in Lê’s work, addressing the development of Vietnam’s sexual culture through the proliferation of online pornography.
The internet in Vietnam is still one of the most censored in the world with many websites are blocked by the Vietnamese communist government. Yet the one area in which the Vietnamese government decided not to control are pornography websites. Although Vietnam’s laws forbid the owning or creating of pornographic images or videos, it is extremely rare that these laws are enforced. The arrival of the internet to Vietnam twenty years ago allowed access and an abundance of online pornography. This access has completely changed Vietnam’s view on sexuality, from something that was originally taboo, to something that is openly enjoyed and shared. Many young Vietnamese are now actively creating their own sex tapes and sharing them online, as well as live-streaming their activities through apps like ‘Blued’. This phenomenon is not just happening in Vietnam but extends worldwide. Lê observes, “the fact that we are still here and have not all gone to hell should be taking into consideration. Perhaps, The Garden of Earthly Delights is a celebration of sexual pleasure.”
黎光頂個展命名為《人間樂園》，取自15世紀荷蘭藝術家Hieronymus Bosch 的三聯幅畫作「The Garden of Earthly Delights」，這幅具有五百多年歷史的油畫內容在藝術史學家間產生解釋的分歧，從一方解釋為世俗世界各種誘惑的道德警告，到另ㄧ方解釋為慶祝性愉悅與生活的快樂。黎光頂的作品反映了這個探討“性狀態”上的二分法，並指向越南透過網路情色文化的擴散對性觀念的影響與發展。