Jun 01 2017

Tuan Andrew Nguyen at ARoS Triennial, Aarhus, Denmark: June 3 – July 30, 2017

Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s 2015 film work Kwassa Kwassa (co-directed with SUPERFLEX) will be screening at ARoS Triennial 2017 (Aarhus, Denmark) as part of the DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY programme (curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller).

Kwassa Kwassa portrays the construction of a boat on the island of Anjouan, in the Comoro archipelago between Madagasgar and Mozambique. Although usually used for fishing, boats like the one built in the film are in many cases also used for transporting migrants to the neighbouring island of Mayotte, a French oversea territory and the outermost region of the EU. The islands are 70 km apart – separated by a seemingly short, but life-threatening journey that has claimed more than 10,000 lives of women, men and children. Kwassa Kwassa interprets the boat as a contextual construction intended to carry migrants on a dangerous, politically complex journey. Carrying more than symbolic meaning as a vessel for dreams of reaching a better life on the other shore, the boat is also a labor-intensive work of craftsmanship and the physical passage bearing human lives to safety – as the title questions in translation “an unstable boat” from the language of the Comoro Islands.

For The Garden, the first ARoS Triennial in Aarhus, artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller have developed a new version of their ongoing projectDO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY comprised of a pavilion and a dense program of films, talks and cooking.

In the logic of an exquisite corpse, the pavilion can be seen as a disembodied part of the future artist residency and workshop at The Land, a self-sustaining artistic community initiated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert near Chiang Mai in Thailand that engages with the idea of an artistic utopia and presents both an ecological and sustainable model for future artistic practice. Reminiscent of a Surrealist “exquisite corpse”—beginning with a single contribution that continues to grow piecemeal—various architects, engineers, and artists will contribute different building components (such as structure, façade, etc.) to this unusual architectural assemblage as a collective work.

Apart from Tuan Andrew Nguyen and SUPERFLEX, the film programme features works by the likes of Derek Jarman, Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Doug Aiken, Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp, amongst others.


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