Long March Education Platform 1:

Ho Chi Minh Trail

July 2009, December 2010

This phase of the Ho Chi Minh Trail project was organized in conjunction with Long March Education, an ongoing educational program focusing on the study of critical relationships between art, its production and the systems in which this visual practice is historicized and displayed.
The first residency, held in July 2009, hosted eleven thinkers from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, New York, Seoul, Hangzhou and Beijing.The residency program operated as a curatorial brainstorm for the Ho Chi Minh Trail project, through which residents closely examined the shared physical and psychological landscape imbedded within the Ho Chi Minh trail route. Throughout July, four thematic topics were introduced as starting points to discuss ways in which artists transform discursive material into visibility.

The second residency, held in December 2010, hosted two key project participants Nguyen Nhu Huy (independent curator and Founder of Zerostation, Ho Chi Minh City) and Viet Le (artist and researcher). During the ten day program, the participants were invited to conduct their independent research projects and collaborate on a written dialogue as they travel across Beijing, Hanghouz, and Shanghai. In this mobile workship, the residents visited art institutions, academies, and artist studios, while reconnecting with fellow long marchers who have participated in the project's 2010 June-July journey through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and China.

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