Ed Kashi (VII) will be exhibiting work in a solo show this summer at Anastasia Photo Gallery in New York City. The show entitled, Saigon on Wheels, is comprised of images Ed made that capture his visceral reactions to the dynamic he observed in Thailand when he visited in 1994.
With the turn of a wheel, Saigon had become like Bangkok a decade earlier: filled with the incessant rattling of motorbike traffic. In just two years, the number of motorbike licenses in the city had skyrocketed from 40,000 to nearly 900,000. Saigon’s motorbike craze was on the leading edge of the economic revolution sweeping through Vietnam in the early 1990’s. It rejuvenated what had been a sleepy and backward state-run city into a bustling and colorful free-market where activity had returned to pre-1975 levels. With increased foreign investment, new construction and new jobs, there was an air of hope that fifteen years of economic stagnation was over.
This energetic aura can be viewed as a metaphor for Vietnam’s new relief of economic and social suppression. We invite you to share in the kinetic excitement of Saigon at the opening reception on June 5, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm.