Once upon a Time… (upper)

“Reincarnations of Shadows” by Thao Nguyen Phan

Focus areas
• Italian
• History
• Science
• Civics

Thao Nguyen Phan uses a play of light and shadow to make visible what is invisible and to create scenes that are always new and different depending on who observes her works. In her artistic practice, she prefers to use moving images, which are made possible by the alternation of light and shadow: the latter can continuously transform into something different from what they were originally, creating surreal atmospheres in which anything can happen in a continuous wavering between reality and fiction.

After they have explored the exhibition, the children will be encouraged to think up stories created by the shadows cast by natural elements, parts of their bodies and small objects. These shadow-stories will also provide an opportunity to examine the relationship between nature and human progress that Phan investigates in her works by carefully observing the Mekong and Red rivers that wind their way through Vietnam.

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