Le The Lam; Artist Feature

Lê Thế Lãm; Artist Feature


Despite growing up in a reunified country where a peace has been found, Le The Lam continues to ruminate on the remnants of war and the consequence of historical upheaval on the society in which he lives. He feels lost within the ramifications of a booming era of technology and economy, with its environmental pollution and human mental depression.

The exhibition ‘ Remnant’ brings us into Le The Lam’s own world, where lies the sorrow and anxiety of living in post-war Vietnam. In this exhibition, Lê Thế Lãm’s paintings depict different states of a ‘silent death’, using the presence of closed coffins and lingering shadow-like humans, interspersed at time with words.

These are fantasy scenarios played out in the artist’s mind, situated within various imagined environments that suggest an affliction with his surroundings. In addition to his dark palette, Lãm presents a combination of sculptural forms where particular light and shadow depicted in his paintings render the ambience walled and claustrophobic.

Lãm is curious about the psychological impact of death, rather than focusing on biological forms of decay (ie. the decomposition of the body with famine, disease or the fatigue of war).

Thế Lãm feels that the living are already in a sense ‘not-living’

– Lê Thế Lãm

In his art, Thế Lãm feels that the living are already in a sense ‘not-living’, they seem stuck and slowly withering away in a seemingly vast but actually constrictive life, laden with material burden in a silent spiritual destruction, where society grows too fast as the soul becomes impoverished.

Artist Le The Lam

Le The Lam (b.1989, Ho Chi Minh City) war born in Ha Tinh. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts in 2015. For Lam, art is a need and an act that brings him closer to a ‘Universal’ beauty. Working predominantly in painting of sculpture, Le The Lam practices art to help him express his concerns about society
today, focusing on the relationship between humanity and its habitat, how it has changed and suffered from social malady, such as consumerism, colonial occupation and modern psychological trauma.


2015: Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts

2015: Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts

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2016: Group Exhibition: HUMAN and ANIMAL (Fine Arts Association, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
2017: Solo Exhibition: REMNANT (The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre)
2018: Group Exhibition (Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers)

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