Tuan Andrew Nguyen
b. 1976 Sài Gòn, Vietnam; lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s works explore themes of identity, history, migration, and cultural narratives. Through diverse mediums, including photography, video, sculpture, and installation, he will often incorporate elements of historical research into his artworks, weaving personal and collective narratives to shed light on marginalised histories and the complexities of cultural identity. The work explores the power of storytelling through community engagement, tapping into inherited histories and counter-memory. Nguyen extracts and re-works colonial histories, supernaturalisms and dominant, canonical accounts of the past into imaginative vignettes. Fact and fiction frequently blur, creating poetic narratives that are both temporal and spatial. With each work challenging prevailing narratives, Nguyen invites viewers to critically examine social structures and power dynamics that they may have previously taken for granted. Nguyen's ability to merge personal experiences with broader socio-political issues means his art acts as a platform for marginalised voices, amplifying stories that have been overlooked or silenced. Through his exploration of history and cultural heritage, he aims to foster dialogue, empathy, and understanding among diverse communities.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen's recent solo exhibitions include Radiant Remembrance, The New Museum, New York (2023); Unburied Sounds, James Cohan, New York (2022); Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People, Chrysler Museum, Richmond, VA (2021); A Dream Of The End At The End Of A Dream: Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Wowy, Galerie Quynh, Saigon (2021); From Saigon to Saigon, Asia Society, New York, NY (2018); The Island, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA (2018); The Island, Paramo, Guadalajara (2017); Trying to Kill Me by Accident, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2004). Group exhibitions include the 12th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany (2022); Manifesta 14 Prishtina, Kosovo (2022); Biennale de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal (2022); STILL ALIVE, Aichi Triennale (2022); ARS22, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2022); Phantasmapolis: 2021 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Tapei, (2021); Bodies of Water, The 13th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, (2020); Manifesta 13 Marseille, Marseille (2020); SOFT POWER, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2019); Homeworks, Beirut Biennial, Beirut (2019); Believe, MOCA Toronto (2018); and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, NY (2017). Nguyen is the recipient of numerous rewards, including the 2023 Joan Miró Prize. He is also a founding member of The Propeller Group, an entity that positions itself between a fake advertising company and an art collective. Accolades for the group include the main prize at the 2015 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and a Creative Capital Award. Major solo exhibitions include The Propeller Group, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018); New Pictures: The Propeller Group Reincarnations, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN (2017); and The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, James Cohan Gallery, New York (2016).
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