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.