Nhà Sàn Collective

Nhà Sàn Collective (NSC) began operating as an independent artist collective in Hanoi in 2013, when a group of friends set up a publicly accessible space. With or without a physical base, NSC has worked with fellow companions and collaborators to organize exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, talks, and other activities as a support platform for artists in the community. The initiative wants to encourage exchange, expansion, and connection.

A group photo during the Vietnamese New Year celebration. People are sitting in a wooden hut room on the floor around a small table and look happily into the camera. In the background many flowers, lights and pots.

Nhà Sàn Collective, Artists gathering at Nhà Sàn during Lunar New Year’s Eve, Hanoi, 2018, courtesy Nhà Sàn Collective

It is a place that is open toward works in progress and the unexpected; a just-do-it attitude that does not always yield answers. Some of the collective’s main projects, which have been held on numerous occasions, include Skylines With Flying People, IN:ACT Performance Art Festival, Queer Forever!, and the Emerging Artists Programme.

The name Nhà Sàn signifies the collective’s foundation which is rooted in the spirit of Nhà Sàn Studio, an artist-run space founded in 1998 in Hanoi. The original Nhà Sàn, a house on stilts, was taken apart in 2020. In the Ngọc Thụy area by the bank of the Red River, the artists imagine this house to become the new Nhà Sàn Collective space, rebuilt, and transformed.

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