Apr 19 2017
Curated by Orange County Museum of Art Senior Curator Cassandra Coblentz, this thought-provoking exhibition explores the topic of architecture and the temporal precariousness of the built environment. Among the issues to be addressed are the recording of history and preservation; the concept of home and displacement; and the influence of global power, economics, and political systems on global construction.
The artists live and work in 11 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean and will present work that includes sculpture, installation, photography, and drawing, as well as performance-based and socially engaged activities. The majority of the works in the exhibition will be created specifically for this project or will be on public view for the first time; and many are site-specific installations.
Trong Gia Nguyen will present 5 new windows from the series Illuminations (2016 – present) and 7 paintings/photographs from The Leavers (2014 – 2017).
Apr 17 2017
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota will be presenting The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music as part of an exhibition revolving around The Propeller Group entitled Reincarnations. The film will be accompanied by an installation of objects selected by the collective from the Institute’s Asian, African, Classical, and Native American collections, as well as new objects recently created by The Propeller Group. The exhibition invokes connections between cultures and their spiritual relics and rituals, centering on the relationship between the living and the dead, and the spaces created by the living to honor the dead.
Apr 12 2017
New works by Nguyen Huy An will be featured in Nha San Collective’s upcoming exhibition Look for the Divine Beings, an exhibition inspired by lingering sceneries, by memories dearly associated with the countryside, by folktales and family fables. Participating artists include Nguyen Duc Phuong and Ta Minh Duc.
Apr 10 2017
As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland) features an exciting selection of modern masterworks, contemporary art and new commissions, presenting a major international exhibition that looks at the role of spirituality in visual art. In particular, it considers the role played by certain spiritualist and alternative doctrines in the creation of abstract painting from its origins to the present digital age.
The arc of this exhibition spans a hundred years from the abstract masterworks of Kandinsky, af Klint and Kupka to contemporary work by Steve McQueen and Bruce Nauman and new commissions by Alan Butler and Linder Sterling among others. As Above, So Below resists becoming a comprehensive survey that traces the role of art and spirituality however. Instead, it presents perspectives on spirituality from a range of unique viewpoints in over 180 works, many of whom have never exhibited in Ireland before.
The title, As Above, So Below, echoes an often quoted saying, employed by artists, poets, writers and astrologers alike, as a means to describe and understand the mysterious but familiar world around us. To look at spirituality in such secular times is a provocation in itself, as the exhibition traces and questions the genesis of deep religious, mystical and occult beliefs that continue to shape the ideas of contemporary artists today.
Mar 10 2017
Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s latest film The Island will be featured at this year’s Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA).
The Island is shot entirely on Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that became the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. The artist and his family were some of the 250,000 people who inhabited the tiny island between 1978 and 1991; it was once one of the most densely populated places in the world. After the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shuttered the camp in 1991, Pulau Bidong became overgrown by jungle, filled with crumbling monuments and relics.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The Biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design.
Jan 10 2017
XEM Vietnam (of which Galerie Quynh artist Hoang Duong Cam is a member) will be launching the seventh issue of their eponymous publication on January 14 at Inlen Gallery (23B Tran Quang Dieu, District 3, HCMC).
XEM Magazine is a platform to showcase photography-based work by the collective (consisting of Vietnamese contemporary artists/photographers Quang Lam, Hoang Duong Cam, Phan Quang, UuDam Tran Nguyen, and Nguyen Thanh Truc). Each issue also features work by one invited guest, who – for the magazine’s latest issue – will be emerging HCMC-based artist Quynh Lam.
Jan 06 2017
As part of the 10th edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Tiffany Chung will be in conversation with artist Tania Bruguera and Sean Anderson, MoMA’s Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design. Entitled Citizens and Borders: Migration and Displacement, the talk will take place on January 22 (12.30 pm – 1.30 pm).
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free event of its kind. Celebrating writers from across the globe, the Festival has hosted some of the best regarded and loved names, ranging from Nobel Laureates and Man Booker Prize winners to debut writers including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eleanor Catton, Hanif Kureishi, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Ian McEwan, J.M. Coetzee, Mohammed Hanif, Oprah Winfrey, Orhan Pamuk, Pico Iyer, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, Vikram Seth and Wole Soyinka along with renowned Indian language writers such as Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Uday Prakash as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy. Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple invite authors from across the globe to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.
Jan 04 2017
As part of the third edition of multi-exhibition contemporary art project Skylines with Flying People, Nguyen Phuong Linh will hold a solo show at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi (56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh District), entitled The Last Ride.
The exhibition concludes Nguyen Phuong Linh’s year-long research on Vietnamese history during the French colonial period and its consequences on the present-day Central Highlands. Using the elephant – a significant symbol of power and holy spirits in the ethnic culture of the region – as a point of departure, the artist explores the process during which the animal, as well as the people and their culture and land, have been tamed, controlled and exploited throughout time.
Skylines With Flying People 3 is an interdisciplinary art project set out to portray the landscape of contemporary Vietnam through the lens of local artists who were born and have grown up in the period of Đổi Mới (the economic reform policy leading to Vietnam’s ‘socialist-led market economy’).
Following the success of the first two editions (2010 in London and 2012 in Hanoi), Skylines with Flying People 3 was initiated in 2014 and takes as its starting point notions of ‘journeying’ and ‘border’. 14 artists, 6 curators, numerous scholars and various museums, institutes and education organisations are being brought together to collaborate. 11 sub-projects dealing with Việt Nam’s complicated history, fragmented culture and issues such as migration, exploitation of humans and nature, urbanisation and gender, have been realised across the country. Between October 2016 and January 2017, 6 solo, duo and group exhibitions have taken place.
Dec 10 2016
Organised by Nha San Collective and Queer Forever!, Sex, Refugees and Video represents a rare occasion to meet and talk with photographer, cinematographer and film director Jamie Maxtone-Graham, and artist, curator Việt Lê.
Jamie Maxtone-Graham and Việt Lê will share their individual works as well as their short experimental film collaboration eclipse, featuring the music of Đại Lâm Linh and Nhà Sàn Collective artists.
Jamie will briefly present selections from three recent portfolios of portraits produced in 2014-2016 which center on a series of made around the time of the film shot with Viet Le – a ‘before, during and after’. His portraits often combine elements of fiction and non-fiction and an uncertain relationship between people and place.
Dec 03 2016
Les Bananes, Trong Gia Nguyen’s first Hanoi solo exhibition, will be opening this month at L’Espace.
‘Banana’ is a term, used playfully and in the pejorative, which refers to an Asian person who is more Western in nature and who has lost touch with the cultural identity of his or her parents. Hence, like a banana is ‘yellow on the outside and white on the inside.’ In English, ‘banana’ also refers to someone who has a screw loose, in other words, crazy. And like the fruit, Nguyen’s works often require the peeling of layers.
In this playful, interactive exhibition, the artist contends with these roots and stereotypes. He investigates his own ‘status,’ having been born in Saigon, grown up in the United States since he was 4, and now living again in Vietnam over the last 20 months. Like the happy idiot who doesn’t know any better or how to be politically correct, Nguyen’s conceptual approach calls into question the insistence of purist, authentic identities, specifically based on race and arbitrary social hierarchy.