Le Quang Ha’s Gilded Age is a mixed media installation inspired by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner’s 1873 satirical novel about greed and corruption. Le’s installation takes off from his first presentation in his Hanoi home-studio, where amidst a restrictive environment, the artist was unable to present the exhibition anywhere else. An array of sculptures and paintings bearing titles such as Animals Farm and Dear Leader greets the visitor, in a presentation that poses questions about power and control, leadership and authority.
Le Quang Ha (b. 1963, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a painter and sculptor. Employing satire and surrealism, Le’s practice questions the status quo and attempts to create a discourse on the tensions between tradition and modern values in contemporary Vietnam. He has exhibited widely both locally and abroad, in Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland and USA, amongst others. His works are in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. He lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam.