While in Japan


The Japan Foundation

27 Quang Trung, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi


19.05 – 04.06.2023


19.05.2023 | 10:00

* Free entrance


The series of photographs of Japan by Hai Thanh were taken when the artist visited the country for the first time in 2016 with his family, as a way to record his personal experience and memories during the six-month stay in a country with such a rich and distinctive culture. The strong impressions of his first visit propelled him to return to Japan, to observe and learn more about the lifestyle, the urban landscapes, the people going about their orderly and logical ways of life, and the harmonies and contrasts existing side by side in everyday situations. During his time in Japan, while having the opportunity to take photographs of several other places, the artist was most impressed by the capital city, with the unrivalled diverse and uninhibited nature of its cultural expressions. The photographs of the exhibition, hand-picked by the artist himself, give us a glimpse into his private and subjective perspective during his visits to Japan in 2016, 2018, and 2019.


Hai Thanh