23 March 2017 10:00 am
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
Sustainable building expert and photographer, Melissa Merryweather, and The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre present Peculiar Fruit, an exhibition of Southern Vietnam’s bizarre local fruits.
The exhibition aims to both record and celebrate the unique abundance found in the local Southern Vietnamese marketplace. As the world is steadily more integrated, local cuisines are ever further influenced by global tastes and commercialism. Packaged food is a well-known concept in almost all areas of the earth, as are chemically enhanced fruits and vegetables. At the same time, there has been a push among some parties towards healthier, more natural choices, and strange, exotic foodstuffs are becoming increasingly fashionable across the globe, taken out of context and adapted to global taste. This trend can lead to a slow distancing from local cuisine.
Having exhibited across Vietnam since 2009, Melissa Merryweather is currently working on a number of book projects both in Ho Chi Minh City and in Hanoi. Her Peculiar Fruit series features single-object compositions, photographed in natural light with a neutral background. They are reminiscent of botanical illustrations, recording scientific specimens for generations to come. It is a direct record of the fruits just as they are, in a country on the brink of global integration.
The exhibition is sponsored by The Warehouse and hosted by The Factory Arts Center. Entry is free of charge and the opening party is on Thursday, Mar. 16 at 6.30pm. The Factory is at 15 Nguyen U Di, Q2, HCMC./.