Vietnam artists find solace in street graffiti amid state censorship

Government approval is required to display art in galleries, so some artists in Ho Chi Minh city are unleashing their expression on the streets for public viewing to bypass what they consider censorship.

Photo by: TRT World
Photo by: TRT World

Urban expansion and a development boom also threaten to reduce viable graffiti space.

Artists in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh city have taken to street art, or graffiti, as the government tightens the noose around what it deems controversial art.

In Vietnam, the government's approval is required before works of art can be displayed in galleries. But many times state censorship forces these artists to paint outside the lines.

As TRT World's Sarah Jones reports, artists are not giving up on expanding people's access to art.