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Composer Lương Huệ Trinh is currently working in Ghana. Photo Facebook of Luong Hue Trinh

Multimedia composer Lương Huệ Trinh is currently working in Ghana. Last Saturday she held an online concert with Vietnamese, French and German artists. The concert was streamed live on the page of Goethe Institute in Hà Nội. 

Thể Thao Văn Hóa (Culture & Sports) daily’s reporter Lam Anh chats with her about the role of female musicians in experimental music. 

Your online concert last Saturday featured female artists from different countries. How did you come up with the idea for the concert?

It followed my concerts in Hamburg in 2018 and in Hà Nội in 2019. In Hà Nội’s concert Vệt (Streak), I showed my thoughts and my observations about the role of Vietnamese women in the family and in society. 

Last Saturday’s online concert is also part of my research on the theme of the partipication of western women. 

I realise that there are always women who transcend limits to freely express themselves and their creativities.  

I am really happy to invite four talented artists to perform at the concert. They are very experienced and active in experimental music. Plus, they are interested in Vietnamese culture and people. 

At the moment, online performance is a solution for us when we want to collaborate across borders. But it is also a challenge because the technical requirements and the internet connection are always unstable. Fortunately, we finally found a solution to prepare well for the concert. 

From Goethe Institute in Hà Nội, Vietnamese đàn bầu (monochord) artists perform in an online concert conducted by Lương Huệ Trinh. 

In your research, what do women on different continents have in common?

There are many differences and also common points between Vietnamese and western women. For example, gender equality has been a topic of great interest. 

Gender discrimination in social relations, in the family, in employment opportunities and also sexual abuse, these things happen everywhere in the world. 

I use music, the medium in which I feel most confident and comfortable, to express my observations and thoughts.

Are you happy with your choice of working with experimental music? Did you pay a heavy price for it?

It is certainly not easy to achieve something truly meaningful in life. I consider it an effort. I had to work very hard for today small successes.

I had two big challenges to pursue my path. I had to pass Việt Nam Academy of Music’s entrance examination twice to convince my parents because they did not want me to study music. 

Secondly, my teacher let me wait for him for one year to try my patience.

Have you tried to continue your efforts in music by living in Africa?

Getting experience from my trips does not only enrich the material for my work but it also helps me have a more objective view of Việt Nam.

I have been living to experience African culture and society. I think that these typical characteristics are among the factors to make an artwork have a distinctive quality.

On the other hand, an artist always needs to be creative. She or he can’t keep repeating. Therefore, if I don’t move and just stay in the same place, sooner or later I will repeat myself. Obviously, this will make my work boring.

Why did you choose Africa? What does Ghana have to attract you?

I think that Ghana or Africa, in general, is an attractive place for many people, not just me. I have been invited to perform in many countries thanks to music projects but never in Africa. 

I’m very interested and curious about Africa. Africa has many mysteries including the traditional festivals of different ethnic groups. Their cultural life is strong and rich especially in music and dancing. They dance, play music and sing very instinctively.

Not only that, but nature is also a strong attraction to me. The people are simple and friendly. I feel happy and relaxed here. 

Many artists choose to live alone devoting all their time to art. What about you?

I respect artists who are willing to sacrifice their personal lives to pursue their careers. I’m still travelling and I am satisfied with my current life.

Although I love my work, I want to balance my personal life and career as much as possible. Of course, this is not easy to do but when people really want to they will find the right way.

What is your plan for the near future?

It is difficult to plan because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I hope that next year I can return to Việt Nam to visit my home and I will have some shows.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/995576/composer-travels-the-world-to-write-music.html

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Vietnam affirms stance on condemning use of chemical weapons

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Vietnam affirmed its stance on condemning the use of chemical weapons and emphasised the need to respect and fully implement the Chemical Weapons Convention at the United Nations Security Council’s meeting 

on the implementation of Resolution 2118 (2013) on chemical weapons in Syria.

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Destroyed buildings in eastern Aleppo city, Syria, where chemical weapons were allegedly used (Source: un.org)

Addressing the meeting on August 4, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, welcomed the readiness of Syria and the Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to hold high-level communications, saying that this is an opportunity to step up dialogue towards the complete settlement of the chemical weapon issue in Syria.

He stressed the important role of constructive cooperation and unity among the international community to create favourable conditions for collaboration efforts of the OPCW and Syria.

Thomas Markram, Deputy to the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, said that the OPCW Secretariat and Syria continued to focus on addressing differences in the country’s initial report, stressing the need to find solutions to several existing issues of the initial report as soon as possible, which is considered an important basis for definitively solving the chemical weapon problem in Syria.

At the meeting, UNSC members expressed concerns over the accusations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for increased cooperation in this issue.

The countries emphasised the importance of promoting collaboration between the OPCW Secretariat and Syria to resolve existing issues, towards the full implementation of obligations under the CWC and the UNSC’s Resolution 2118./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/vietnam-world/vietnam-affirms-stance-on-condemning-use-of-chemical-weapons-763257.html

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2030 Businesspeople Club delivers necessities to people in quarantined areas

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Members of the 2030 Businesspeople Club transport relief to a quarantined area in HCMC – PHOTOS: LE VU

HCMC – Through the “Food for Saigon during Social Distancing” program, the 2030 Businesspeople Club, a member of the Saigon Times Club, handed over 40 tons of vegetables, fruits, rice and other necessities to people living in areas under lockdown or quarantine in HCMC on August 3 and 4.

The event was part of the Saigon Times – Great Circle 2021 series, an initiative of the Saigon Times Group, that is aimed at supporting people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nguyen Dinh Tu, vice chairman of the 2030 Businesspeople Club, said through the program, the club expects to mobilize 8,000 gift sets for disadvantaged people across 20 districts of the city.

Up to now, the club has delivered 4,000 gift sets, each comprising 5 kilograms of vegetables and fruits and 5 kilograms of rice, to needy people in 10 districts. The club has also provided eggs, instant noodles and other necessities to poor households in the city.

Each gift set comprises vegetables, fruits, rice and other necessities

During 30 days of the “Food for Saigon during Social Distancing” program, the 2030 Business Club expects to give some 150 tons of vegetables and fruits as well as essentials to people whose livelihoods are severely affected by Covid-19 in HCMC and the neighboring provinces.

The Saigon Times Group launched the “Saigon Times – Great Circle 2021” program with the theme, “Join hands to fight off the pandemic”, on June 2. The program receives donations from organizations and individuals and then distributes them to the needy in HCMC and other provinces.

Donations for the program can be sent to:

Tap chi Kinh te Sai Gon

Bank account number: 1007 1485 1003318

Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Eximbank) – Hoa Binh Branch – HCMC

Transaction content: Name – UnghoSaigon Times – NVTL – Donghanhchongdich

To participate in the program, please contact:

Huynh Huong (Phone number: 0913118711)

Or Huy Han (Phone number: 0902696617)

 

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83570/2030-businesspeople-club-delivers-necessities-to-people-in-quarantined-areas.html

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Obituary: Veteran painter Đỗ Quang Em dies

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Veteran painter Đỗ Quang Em, a leading artist of the South’s fine arts, died at home on Tuesday in HCM City. He was 79. Photo courtesy of the artist’s family

HCM CITY — Veteran painter Đỗ Quang Em, a leading artist of the South’s fine arts, died at home on Tuesday in HCM City. He was 79.

His funeral took place on Thursday in HCM City. 

Chairman of Việt Nam Fine Arts Association Lương Xuân Đoàn told Tuổi Trẻ newspaper: “Đỗ Quang Em was one of the four cornerstones of the fine arts world that evolved in pre-1975 Sài Gòn.” 

Đỗ Quang Em was born in Ninh Thuận Province in 1942. He studied photography from his father, owner of a small photographic studio when he was a child. 

He was sent to study at the Gia Định College of Fine Arts in Sài Gòn (now the HCM City University of Fine Arts). 

In 1965, he became involved in painting after graduating from college. His work earned recognition from art lovers and critics. 

In 1973-74, he worked as a lecturer at Gia Định College of Fine Arts. 

Đỗ Quang Em was part of a family of three generations of artists and trained himself to be a master of light in his paintings.

An oil painting called Bùa Hộ Mệnh (Amulet) was released in 2000 by late painter Đỗ Quang Em who used hyperrealism, a type of drawing technique, to create his art. Photo courtesy of the artist’s family

Em’s art focused on the use of strong contrasts between light and dark. 

Because of his love for photography, Em chose to paint realistic items but pushed his style further into the realm of hyperrealism. The technique, which takes a lot of time and skill, looks as real as a photograph.

“Em was professional in his use of this technique. The use of light and shadow helped the painter build up texture and detail,” said art critic Nguyên Hưng. 

Hyperrealism was an art movement and style popular in the United States and Europe in the 1970s with Carole Feuerman being the forerunner along with Duane Hanson and John De. 

Founded on the aesthetic principles of photography and photorealism, the artists often worked to create paintings that resembled photographs.

Hyperrealists took ordinary everyday objects and used them as a means to convey more subdued emotions in their paintings. They presented these objects as living and tangible, painted in meticulous detail to the point that they created an illusion of reality far from the original photo.

Hyperrealists often add subtle, pictorial details to create the illusion of a reality which doesn’t exist often conveying the emotional, social, cultural and even political messages of the artiste.

Đỗ Quang Em’s works feature a range of topics and objects, from people to animals and still life. Many of his paintings portray his wife and daughters. 

He also loved to draw cups, glasses, oil lamps and origami figures. 

A paiting called Chân Dung Vợ Hoạ Sĩ (Portrait of Artist’s Wife), released in 1975 by late painter Đỗ Quang Em. Photo courtesy of the artist’s family

He organised several solo and group exhibitions in HCM City, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

His works have been displayed and collected by Vietnamnese and foreign galleries and collectors, including the HCM City Musuem of Fine Arts. 

Chân dung vợ họa sỹ (Portrait of Artist’ Wife), 1975. Đỗ Quang Em

 Two of his famous paintings are Tôi và Vợ Tôi (My Wife and I) and Ấm và Tách Trà (A Teapot and Cups, which were auctioned for US$70,000 and $50,000 in Hong Kong in 1994-95.  

His paintings in the 1990s sold for $60,000-70,000 in the foreign market. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/1004306/obituary-veteran-painter-do-quang-em-dies.html

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