Award ceremony for Hanoi lovers

Hanoi Old QuarterThe Hanoitimes – Veteran photographer Quang Phung has been nominated for the Grand Award in this year’s Bui Xuan Phai-Love for Hanoi Awards which will honour a host of individuals and projects making significant contributions to arts and culture in Hanoi.

The 81-year-old’s nomination follows a life-long interest in documenting the people and landscapes of Hanoi through photography, a career which spanned from 1954 until recently, when his career was cut short due to a stroke.

Phung was popular with street vendors, homeless people, event drug addicts and street gangs, and whilst his work documented important historical milestones, it was also famous for its powerful honesty in portraying the life and problems of those he encountered.

In the Work Awards category, nominees also include a collection of some 2,000 photos of Hanoi by British veteran diplomat John Ramsden, taken during his term between 1980 and 1983 and documenting his growing fascination with the country.

An exhibition displaying part of this photo collection is expected to open in Hanoi by the middle of October.

Two other nominees include a Pho (Street) installation exhibition by Nguyen Ngoc Dan and the Made in Hanoi art exhibition at the Mai gallery.

While Dan uses his art installations to replicate a Hanoi street from the past, Made in Hanoi displays paintings by 13 young Hanoian painters who depict impressive views of the city. The exhibition is set to become an annual exhibition to nurture and celebrate the talents of artist from different generations.

The Job Award category also attracted an interesting pool of nominees, among them historic documents pertaining to the sacrifice of nearly 400 Hanoian soldiers at Chu Tan Kra battlefield, in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum during the US war.

Japanese archaeologist Nishimura Masanari and five elderly men living in the ancient clay-making Kim Lan Village in Hanoi ’s suburban Gia Lam district are also among the nominees in the Job Awards category.

Hanoi Old QuarterNishimura, who died in an accident o­n the way to the archaeological site, spent 12 years building a museum of ancient earthware in the village. Inaugurated in March 2012, the museum is the first example in the country of “community archaeology”, in which local people plays a central role in collecting items and building dossiers.

Management of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel site has also been nominated in this category, with the site currently undergoing conservation efforts sponsored by UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust.

Nominees in the Idea Awards category include the draft o­n the Code of Behaviours, a digital project creating six-dimensional images of Hanoi , and an art project by Nguyen Thu Thuy creating murals of Hanoi during the anti-France war.

This year’s judging panel will include Professor Phan Huy Le, chairman of the Vietnam History Association; Ngo Ha Thai, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam News Agency; Ho Quang Loi, head of the Popularisation Unit of the Hanoi Party Committee; Bang Viet, chairman of the Hanoi Literature and Arts Association; Tran Khanh Chuong, chairman of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association; and architect Doan Duc Thanh.

The awards ceremony will take place o­n August 29 at the Vietnam News Agency headquarters, 5 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hanoi.