Vietnam: The new censors of Hanoi

In an article in The New York Times journalist Nguyen Qui Duc who also runs the alternative-art space Tadioto in Hanoi reflects on the censorship mechanisms of art in Vietnam during the communist area and today. According to Duc, market-driven concerns may be hampering artists in Vietnam more than censorship did under classically communist governments.


Today a curious kind of self-censorship exists. Artists must choose either to produce noncontroversial, commercial works and pay up, or resign themselves to doing what they want for a tiny audience. Mainstream art is dumbing itself down while truly experimental or critical work is becoming increasingly marginal. 

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