“Syntax and Diction,” 2010. Exhibition view at Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City. Courtesy Sàn Art
Sàn Art is the most active independent, artist-initiated contemporary art space and reading room in Vietnam. Based in Ho Chi Minh City and sponsored in part by the Vietnam Foundation for the Arts, Sàn Art (sàn meaning “platform”) is dedicated to the exchange and cultivation of contemporary art in Vietnam.
Supporting the country’s thriving artist community, Sàn Art provides exhibition space and educational programs, facilitating a meeting place for local and international creative engagement and exchange. Despite political restrictions on cultural practice in Vietnam, and relying on foreign foundations and generous individuals for financial support, Sàn Art, to date, has worked with more than 100 artists from Vietnam and abroad, hosting exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. In addition, it continues to facilitate visiting curatorial professionals and collectors in their endeavor to learn and assist in the international development of contemporary Vietnamese art.