Born in 1982 in Hanoi, Nguyen Huy An is among the most dynamic and innovative artists of his generation.
Known for his quiet performances of transforming the most mundane and familiar of materials into simple and poetic artworks, Nguyen Huy An creates a personal visual archive of memories and histories that relate to the social and political contexts of the sites he records. The artist states, “In the context of a growing economy, it is important to look at and realize how modernity, and by extension the passage of time, casts shadows on our existence and engenders zones of darkness in our collective psychology.” Negotiating the tension between a nostalgia for nature and the inexorable juggernaut of human progress, Huy An resorts to measuring as a means of self-contraction – as an act of reifying memories and ideas, and relocating, re-contextualizing and reducing concrete structures, creating forms that appear more humanistic.
Huy An has participated in a number of exhibitions and performance art festivals including the 14th Istanbul Biennial – SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Mien Meo Mieng/Contemporary Art from Vietnam, Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden (2015); Residual: Disrupted Choreographies, Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nimes, France (2014); If The World Changed, Singapore Biennale (2013); sounds of dust (somniloquy), 943 Studio Kunming, China (2011); Anatomy of an assembly line with an error, Nha San Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam; Lim Dim, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway (2009); Tam Ta, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2009); and the Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF), Tokyo, Japan (2007).
In 2010 Huy An co-founded with artists Vu Duc Toan and Hoang Minh Duc the performance art collective The Appendix Group (Phu Luc). The group has performed in festivals in Vietnam, Singapore and China.
Nguyen Huy An lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam.