9 is Pham Tuan Ngoc’s retrospective show, comprising an amalgamation of work he shot over the two years he spent living in Paris, from 2008 to 2010. Traversing the city, his perspective was in constant flux. He became enamored with the richness and vibrancy of life on the streets, and unlocked the photographic potential of his context by ensuring he was never without a camera. The black and white images Ngoc developed in Paris convey his unconditional love for the city and its inhabitants. His lens underlines both instances of connection and disconnect; moving from engrossed couples pressing pause on a transitory city; to isolated protagonists, fostering the fertility of solitude. Through this process; of walking, watching, capturing and crafting; Ngoc’s work reconciles the fluidity of the flaneur to the rigidity of the analogue craftsman.
Shooting always in black and white, Ngoc offers intimate abstractions of long-frequented spaces. As the most visited city in the world, where tourist numbers vastly outstrip resident citizens, the city almost functions as a living museum, dedicated to itself. Pham Tuan Ngoc’s work questions if, and how, a unique relationship with Paris can be nurtured, and whether any love given can be love received.
Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 7 PM to 10 PM
Noir Gallery 199bis Nguyen Van Huong Str, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
DIRECTION & PARKING
199Bis Nguyen Van Huong is at the street’s 90° bend, find the River Restaurant and Noirfoto billboard. Go straight inside, restaurant to the left, we are at the right.
Parking capacity: 10 cars and 100 motors