Born to a family of traditional embroiderers, Vo Tran Chau understands the power and materiality of threads and fabrics, and chooses textiles, particularly found fabrics and second-hand clothing, as materials for her artistic practice. By deploying these materials, imbued with their own personal stories, Vo portrays how strongly history reflects on the grand narrative of nation states and society. She delves into the social and cultural history of Vietnam to highlight issues surrounding labor, consumption and waste.
Vo is one of Vietnam’s most critical young artists merging art and craft. In March 2019 Vo’s work was included in Unfolding: Fabric of Our Life, the inaugural exhibition at Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile (CHAT) in Hong Kong. In 2016 she participated in Still (the) Barbarians - EVA International: Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art in Limerick, Ireland (curated by Koyo Kouoh) and Suzhou Documents at Suzhou Art Museum, China (curated by Roger M. Buergel and Zhang Qing). Vo’s other exhibitions include Tracing, Saigon Domaine, Ho Chi Minh City; Petit and Smooth, Nhasan Studio, Hanoi; March: Art Walk, Sao La, Ho Chi Minh City; Black fog, Nha San Collective, Hanoi; and Born from the land, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City. She was the recipient of a grant from the Danish Vietnamese Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF) for Born from the land (2011) and was an artist in residence at San Art Laboratory (2015).
Her work is in major collections such as the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia and the Salon Saigon Collection, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.