by Ariadna Zierold

Paris, France based Duy Anh Nhan Duc was born in 1983 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nature is the matrix Duc’s artworks. A constant search for alliance and osmosis to present a different vision of plant kingdom. “Through my work, I intend to capture the unique allure of vegetation, to transcribe the emotions it arouses in me and to stage it in the narrative it brings to my mind.”

Duy Anh Nhan Duc, sculpture, dandelion, light, nature, botanical, paris, france, vietnam, upper playground

In his workshop, Duy Anh Nhan Duc smoothly transforms dandelion, clover, poppy, hydrangea, lichen… he gathers during walks. He turns them into artwork that stops the cycle of time and unveils the poetry of the moment’s delicateness. Sailing between the awareness and the beauty of the ephemeral, revealing the meditation and radicalness implied by nature, Duy Anh Nhan Duc ceaselessly plunges into the living beauty.

Duy Anh Nhan Duc, sculpture, dandelion, light, nature, botanical, paris, france, vietnam, upper playground Duy Anh Nhan Duc, sculpture, dandelion, light, nature, botanical, paris, france, vietnam, upper playground Duy Anh Nhan Duc, sculpture, dandelion, light, nature, botanical, paris, france, vietnam, upper playground Duy Anh Nhan Duc, sculpture, dandelion, light, nature, botanical, paris, france, vietnam, upper playground

El Mac, Sai Gon, Viet Nam “Kosoom by the Mekong” Video

El Mac – Sai Gon, Viet Nam “Kosoom by the Mekong” from Viet Nam The World Tour on Vimeo.

One of our favorite artists, El Mac, painted in Vietnam last summer, and now, there is a great video chronicling his stay. Viet Nam The World made the video, and noted, “El Mac painted this beautiful mural in front of Sàn Art, an independent artist space, and just outside the offices of The Propeller Group in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. It is based on a photo of Kosoom, the grandmother of El Mac’s girlfriend.

All of the photographs included in this video as well as the footage of motorbikes zooming through the city were taken by El Mac. Part of his process, is documenting different people from different places and selecting a handful to paint on walls around the world. We wanted this video piece to be a reflection of how El Mac saw the world of Viet Nam for the first time, taking it all in, and juxtaposing the fast paced life in the city with this giant portrait that would literally slow people down in admiration as they passed by.”

From The Citrus Report

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Mac in Vietnam

Mac continues his summer road trip stories, this time in Vietnam, where he went to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City to paint as part of the Viet Nam the World Tour. He painted this mural near the front of Sán Art independent artist space and the offices of the Propeller Group in the Binh Thanh district. It’s based on a photo Mac took of my girlfriend’s grandmother, Kosoom.

Mac also painted this piece at a hip-hop event, using local paint called “Red Fox”. Check out the nice Mac x Upper Playground tee up there. And the piece right above here is a painting of Mac, done by a Vietnamese writer named Hoang, who came down from Hanoi (Northern Viet Nam) to paint. Awesome stuff.


-Opening the same night as POSE`s show my friend KC ORTIZ is showing a collection of his photos from his recent experience with the Hmong rebels in Laos and Vietnam. He literally risked his life to document these people whom were abandoned by the US military and left to continue the fight alone in hostile territory… The Hmong peoples continue to live life on the run and continue fighting the war to this day…


Rebels, Communists, CIA agents, and the legacy of a never ending “Secret War” all played their part in KC Ortiz’s photo reportage on the remaining Hmong in the jungles of Laos, which opens at Known Gallery on May 22nd.
For three weeks in December 2009 and January 2010, Ortiz lived with the jungle Hmong in order to document their plight and living conditions. Over a year of planning, secret meetings, and a clandestine entry into Laos brought him to the Hmong rebels and a world unseen by outsiders.

Ortiz’s photos document the remaining Hmong in the mountainous jungles of Laos. The Hmong live a life constantly on the run from the Laos Peoples Army (LPA) and Vietnamese forces, systematically targeted for having served for the CIA during the Vietnam War. During that time they went where no American or ally could be, behind enemy lines in Laos, in what is referred to as the “Secret War”. Their missions varied from rescuing downed American pilots to fighting off the North Vietnamese soldiers. Recognized as some of the world’s greatest guerilla fighters, they served their American bosses, the CIA, with bravery and honor.

Unfortunately for the Hmong, changing political climates caused the US to pull out of the region, leaving them behind in an extremely hostile environment. Since that day, the Hmong have continued to fight for their survival against incredible odds. Thirty five years after the fall of Saigon, the Hmong still remain fighting the remnants of that long ago war, and live a life far forgotten by most in the world. Ortiz’s work also invariably explores American foreign policy and questions the role and potential outcome of current allies in America’s modern war fronts. Will history repeat itself? Will the United States abandon her current allies? Will others be left to the same doom the Hmong have faced?

The Hmong’s struggle, desperation, daily lives, and ongoing fight were captured by Ortiz and will be shown under the title “Forced Rebellion” at Known Gallery. Ortiz’s photos from his time in the jungle of Laos have been published in numerous international publications, including The Independent and A-Magasinet.

KC Ortiz is a photojournalist based out of his hometown, Chicago. His work focuses on under-reported issues and over looked people and has taken him to all corners of the globe in pursuit of his work.

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Yesterday I went with my son to the FDNY Museum in Soho. Amazing visit! Despite the small size of the museum (an old fire house), they have a vast collection of hand painted helmets, buckets, old fire trucks and other memorabilia highlighting many war stories from the FDNY. Out of all the artifacts, a wall cover with New York fire houses patches caught my attention. I was really surprised how personal and “artsy” where those for such a non creative environment. By looking at those, you can tell that fire fighters are real warriors . Those embroidered twill patches reminded me some old vintage Vietnam or Korea war patches. I shot few of them on that wall and then went to the web to focus on the patches from my Brooklyn Borough. Bronx and Harlem got some sick ones as well. Here is few for you to enjoy. Respect to every fire fighter in New York!

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