Institute of Distance, from “My Land”
Edition of 20 + 2 AP
Institute of Distance is a video game in which the player is a “soul-atom” that can choose its body parts and fate for its next life and be reborn infinitely. This piece is part of the ongoing project, My Land, an imaginary world conceived by Hà Ninh Pham since 2017. Institute of Distance presents ten drawings that correspond to the coordinates D6, D7, the southern areas under D5 [Father’s Dam] in the imaginary territory. In this world, the artist has given himself absolute power to create an imagined territory that does not correspond to any known culture in human history. The territory does not belong to our human reality; rather it exists as a thought experiment of an alternative universe.
About the Artist
Hà Ninh Pham (b. 1991, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a fine artist and art educator based in Hanoi, Vietnam. His work explores the way in which we construct our understanding of territories from afar. Hà Ninh Pham is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA in Studio Art), and the Vietnam University of Fine Arts (BFA in Painting). Pham has also participated in various artist residency programmes, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Corporation of Yaddo, Wassaic Project, Marble House Project in the United States, and PLOP in the United Kingdom. His work has been shown in New York, Philadelphia, London, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He is currently Visiting Professor of Painting at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, and Associate Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam.
Hà Ninh Pham will be presenting his works at A+ Works of Art.