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b. 1976, Vietnam

Tuan Andrew Nguyen Biography

Tuan Andrew Nguyen was born in 1976 in Saigon, Vietnam. In 1979, he and his family emigrated as refugees to the United States, and he grew up in California. Nguyen earned a BFA from the University of California, Irvine (1999) and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2004). He is a member of the artist collective The Propeller Group (est. 2006) and a cofounder of the artist-run alternative space Sàn Art (est. 2007) in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). His work often deals with the cultural estrangement of expatriation and the experience of returning home to an unfamiliar place.

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While still a student, Nguyen made the short black-and-white video The Two Tuans: A Civil Dispute (1998), in which he plays both of the figures immortalized in Eddie Adams’s 1968 photograph of the Saigon Police Chief shooting a Vietcong in the head. In Nguyen’s restaging, the artist’s head, recorded in live action, replaces those in the still image and the two trade “yo mama” barbs. Among the number of short documentaries he made during a 2003 visit to Vietnam, Better than Friends (2003) follows the daily life of a family running a small dog-butchery business in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Nguyen’s videos have appeared in the 18th Annual Singapore International Film Festival (2005), 4th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Thailand (2005), and 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2009). He directed the feature film Jackfruit Thorn Kiss (2005), a romantic comedy that unfolds on a journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, which was an official selection at the 8th NHK Asian Film Festival, Tokyo (2007).

Nguyen has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Voz Alta Project, San Diego (2004), and Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City (2008). The latter, Quiet Shiny Words, centered on a collaboration with Vietnamese rapper Wowy SouthGanz and sound engineer Alan Hayslip. Nguyen also participated in the group exhibitions Mine, Lombard-Freid, New York (2003), and Eternal Flame: Imagining a Future at the End of the World, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2007), and was featured in the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2006–07). He collaborated on Dinh Q. Lê’s The Farmers and The Helicopters (2006), which was presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for Projects 93 (2010) and acquired by the museum. Nguyen lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.

Source: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS at Artspace Sydney, Sydney
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18 May–4 August 2019 Group Exhibition 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Artspace Sydney

Tuan Andrew Nguyen In Ocula Magazine

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Richard Armstrong Ocula Conversation Richard Armstrong By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Richard Armstrong is the Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. As well as managing the foundation he oversees the Guggenheim Museum in New York as well as the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Deutsche Guggenheim and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi due for completion in 2017. Prior to this...

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June Yap Ocula Conversation June Yap

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative charts contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the Initiative’s inaugural exhibition. Initially shown in New York, (22 February–22 May 2013), the...

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Tuan Andrew Nguyen In Related Press

A User’s Guide to the Whitney Biennial Related Press A User’s Guide to the Whitney Biennial 13 March 2017, The New York Times

Everything had to be reinvented for the 2017 Whitney Biennial — the first to take place in the new riverside home of the Whitney Museum. But then, this leading showcase of contemporary American art feels refreshed in other ways, too.

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Preview: The Armory Show 2017 – highlights from Africa, the Middle East and Asia Related Press Preview: The Armory Show 2017 – highlights from Africa, the Middle East and Asia 2 March 2017, Art Radar Journal

Combining modern and contemporary artwork in the same space, The Armory Show features work from a range of media, from painting and photography to sculpture, video and installation. The Armory Show 2017, on from 2 to 5 March 2017 in New York, brings together over 200 galleries from 30 countries around the world. There are five sections...

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Shifting Tensions in Vietnamese Contemporary Art: A Brief History Related Press Shifting Tensions in Vietnamese Contemporary Art: A Brief History 18 February 2015, 30 January 2015

Vietnam’s blossoming contemporary art scene is held in check through a complex set of bureaucratic hurdles coupled with hit-and-miss government censorship and lack of critical infrastructure funding, at a time when it should be enriching, not sabotaging this shining asset. The roots of this inertia and entanglement are based in military...

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