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A Folktale From Vietnam
Gianpaolo Arena

A Folktale From Vietnam by Gianpaolo Arena

A Folktale From Vietnam by Gianpaolo ArenaA Folktale From Vietnam
Gianpaolo Arena
The Velvet Cell
English, Italian


Edition of 750
144 pages
120 x 240 mm
ISBN 9781908889935


A Folktale From Vietnam: Speeding Motorcycles and Roasted Lemongrass is the result of eight years of research and the production of a series of photographs taken in 2013, 2015 and 2018 during Gianpaolo Arena’s travels through Vietnam.

Gianpaolo Arena conducts research projects on environmental, documentary, and social topics. His work employs landscape and portraiture as a means to examine the representation of anthropized spaces and the sustainability of contemporary towns.

About the Artist
Gianpaolo Arena (b.1975) since 2010, has edited the international photography magazine Landscape Stories, and organized workshops, publishing and exhibition projects. He is a co-founder of CALAMITA/À (2013-ongoing). He has written texts for monographs, catalogues, and exhibitions, including Carlos Casas, Vespers & Madrigals; Raimond Wouda, Céline Clanet and Jan Stradtmann: 1 km; Joël Tettamanti, Past, Present and Future; Karen Knorr, Olivier Richon and Andreas Weinand, Youth Codes. In 2016 he was nominated to be one of the curators of the Venice Pavilion for the Architecture Biennale.

About the Publisher
The Velvet Cell is an independent photobook publishing house based in Berlin, Germany, run by Éanna de Fréine and Ricardo Nunes. Established by Éanna de Fréine in 2011, it wanted to create a publishing house that connects new and established authors to a wider audience through the medium of beautifully designed editions. They are rooted primarily in the themes of modernity, urbanisation and the man-altered world – using the photobook as a medium for this conversation.