Living Together in Paradise - Diorama by Nguyen Manh Hung

Vietnam based contemporary artist Nguyen Manh Hung did "Living Together in Paradise" diorama sculpture in 2011 now showing at The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art taking place in Brisbane, Australia.

I was born and raised for 20 years in an apartment block in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi. Contemporary thinking might see this urban structure as one that isolates people even while living at such close quarters. I experienced it more as a complex "village" stacked vertically rather than spread out horizontally.

"Living Together in Paradise" is an extension and improvement of this urban village and living space. One where farming, growing vegetables and upgraded living conditions prevail. A place where people share everything, but do not have much privacy. I asked myself: "Could angels live together in a paradise?"