Site-specific video work The Abandoned Leg
A site-specific video work by Tạ Minh Đức
New Thượng Đình Market, 132 Nguyễn Trãi Street, Thanh Xuân District
The new Thượng Đình Market was built to replace Chợ Xanh, a small street market nearby, but as it is much easier to trade in the old market, all merchants moved back to their original spots. Thus, since its opening in 2013, the new Thượng Đình Market is almost not used as it was intended and instead serves as a parking lot and fitness centre.
This market is located on Nguyễn Trãi Street - one of Hanoi’s streets that have undergone lots of construction projects in recent years. Yet the whereabouts of the former inhabitants along with the development plans of the area remain unknown. The video art piece “The Abandoned Leg”, documents the response of two wild, purebred pigs to the presence of cameras, frightened with growing accustomed to being constantly moved around and with the potential of ending at a meat processing plant looming overhead.
Tạ Minh ĐứcBorn in 1991 in Hanoi, Tạ Minh Đức graduated from the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema in 2014. His work questions notions of existence, human relationships, isolation of the individual, latent violence and domination.
Đức’s recent projects have been featured in notable projects including Choose to Move (Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, 2015), Mini DOCFEST (Hà Nội DOCLAB, Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 2014), Pettie and Smooth (Nhà Sàn Studio, Hanoi, 2014), Autopsy of the Day (Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 2013). One of his films was screened at Escape Mobile Gallery, initiated by artist Nguyễn Trần Nam for Skylines with Flying People 2 (Japan Foundation, Hanoi, 2012) .