Fostering Vietnamese contemporary art

Vietnam is home to more than 90 million people, and it has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Yet contemporary artists in Vietnam get almost no support from the government.

Instead, artist collectives and non-profit arts organisations have stepped in to foster the contemporary art scene in Vietnam, organising exhibitions, public talks and artist-in-residency programs.

Georgia Moodie takes us to one of these organisations – Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City.

We meet general manager Tra Nguyen, and Vietnamese artist Nguyễn Quốc Dũng and Singaporean artist Questal Tay, two of the current artists-in-residence at Sàn Art.

We also hear from Vietnamese artist Uudam Tran Nguyen, one of the established artists that Sàn Art has worked with and supported. His work is currently on display at the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Gallery of Modern Art, in Queensland.

I produced this story for Books and Arts on ABC Radio National, and you can listen to it here.


Darwin Festival: Briggs wins National New Talent award

Briggs on stage at the National Indigenous Music Awards (Georgia Moodie)

Briggs on stage at the National Indigenous Music Awards (Georgia Moodie)

Each year, the Darwin Festival showcases a wonderful range of art, dance and theatre from the top end of Australia and the Asia Pacific.

The National Indigenous Music Awards, or the NIMAs, were held as part of the festival, boasting a star-studded line up of Aboriginal musicians from across Australia, including Dan Sultan, Tom E. Lewis and the Desert Divas.

The National Artist of the Year was awarded to Jessica Mauboy, and Briggs, a hip hop artist from Shepparton in rural Victoria, claimed the prize for National New Talent of the Year.

He speaks about how his Yorta Yorta culture permeates all of his music, as well as discussing his sophomore album,ShepLife, which is due out on the 22nd August.

This story was produced for ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily, on location at the Darwin Festival. You can listen to the story here.

Doorknocking with Greens candidate Lloyd Davies

Corangamite is the most marginal seat in Australia and in the lead up to the federal election on September 7, attention is being lavished on the Labor and Liberal candidates. But what is it like to be one of the minor candidates running for election?

I joined Lloyd Davies, the Greens candidate for Corangamite, as he door knocked the streets of Torquay. Although he knows his chances of winning are very slim, he is still devoting lots of time and energy to his campaign.

His belief is that “if you’re passionate about a cause, you’re willing to die for it. If you’re really passionate about a cause, you’re willing to be really, really bored. That’s what campaigning is.”

This story was produced for RN Drive on ABC Radio National.


Harry Seidler’s No 1 Spring Street

No 1 Spring street was designed in the 1980s by Harry Seidler, one of Australia’s best known architects and a leading light of the modernist movement. It stands on the busy corner of Spring and Flinders streets in Melbourne’s city centre, and its ‘S’ shape makes it one of Melbourne’s most distinctive corporate buildings. It was built to house the Australian headquarters of Shell, and boasts a panoramic view of the city, cricket ground and Treasury gardens.

I took these photos while producing a history segment for RN Drive.

Behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil has become the world’s most famous circus, with 19 shows currently in production around the globe. I took photos in the middle of the training tent at Cirque du Soleil when OVO toured Australia.

Melbourne 1950s fashion

Hall Ludlow was one of the Australia’s most important couturiers, and his salon at the Paris end of Melbourne’s Collins Street was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s. For RN Drive on ABC Radio National, I produced a story on a gold lamé evening gown Ludlow designed for Peggy Stone to wear to the 1953 Derby Ball.

I took these photographs of the dress on display for Captivating style: 1950s Melbourne, an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Long After I’m Gone

Francis Fenton is the third generation of the Fenton family to farm the Sandy River Apple Orchard in Mercer, Maine. Although he’s well into his 90s, Francis does most of the farm work by himself. His orchard, which has close to 40 rare apple varieties, is one of the last active orchards in the region.

And while Francis has two daughters, it is unclear as to whether the farm will remain an active orchard after he retires.

This audio slideshow was made in collaboration with photographer Andrew Propp while studying at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine, USA.