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Conversation: Befouled Desire – Extractions ‘Waste’ Zones

An online conversation with Martha Atienza (Bantayan Islands), Jiandyin (Ratchaburi) and Lê Giang (Hanoi); moderated by Zoe Butt (Hochiminh City).

Artists Martha Atienza, Jiandyin and Lê Giang investigate contemporary art as a tool through which human habit and desire can be scrutinized; via community action, collaborative research and particular visual strategies of display. Committed to their local contexts, deeply aware of the political limits of the disenfranchised, these artists reveal the social repercussion of resource extraction.

In this conversation, the impact of our classification, division and control of ‘territory’; our expending of plastic packaging; our treasuring of gem-stone – is under investigation. Linking desire with repercussion, this conversation goes on to ask: Is it possible to change human behaviour – our beliefs, our assumptions, our frameworks of survival – so as to curb the destruction of our desire? What role do artists play in revealing such struggle? What research methods and aesthetic techniques of display are utilized/considered?

This conversation is organized in association with the project ‘Re-Aligning the Cosmos’: an initiative of The Factory Contemporary Art Centre in Ho Chi Minh City. (read more on the project:

This event is organized by The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, in collaboration with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre, as part of the ‘Curatorial Associate Program’ of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Online event via ZOOM in English only
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*Image: Several gemstone sculptures at a store in Lục Yên (Yên Bái Province, Vietnam). Image courtesy of Lê Giang.

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30th January 2020


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