This drawing I finished in 2014 was not allowed to be featured in a Vietnamese publication on artworks on urban Vietnam. The editor told me that the local censorship board apparently felt that this drawing shows a lack of respect to Saigon, for showing the sentence ‘Saigon is beautiful’ upside down.
How ironic that the censors missed the point completely. The upside down sentence on the artwork makes -quite clearly, I feel- a reference to the destruction of Ho Chi Minh City’s old buildings. Demolishing historical architecture does not make a city more beautiful. And Vietnam does not have much left in terms of historical architecture.
To find out more on this drawing and the now disappearead Cho Van Thanh market depicted in it see The Ghost of Cho Van Thanh