Mar 10 2017

Tuan Andrew Nguyen at Whitney Biennial, New York, NY, USA: March 17 – June 11, 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.

http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2017Biennial

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