Voyages de Rhodes re-assembles into a book format watercolour drawings painted directly by the Vietnamese artist Thao Nguyen Phan on the pages of a found publication. The artist used as her canvas a book by French Jesuit missionary Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660) that describes his travel experiences and observations, including in the region of present-day Vietnam, during the seventeenth century. The artist started the project Voyages de Rhodes in 2014 and the drawings were first exhibited in a solo exhibition Poetic Amnesia (2017) curated by Zoe Butt at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In the process of assembling the drawings back into the codex form, the project Voyages de Rhodes turned into artist's book, whereby the book format is an artistic medium and subject of investigation. Voyages de Rhodes highlights that a book remains inherently open-ended despite its strive for completeness, and is prone to processes of erasure, ongoing interpretation, and new associations.
Voyages de Rhodes
AuthorsThao Nguyen Phan
PublisherNTU-Centre for Contemporary Art