Nguyen Thai Tuan

Nguyen Thai Tuan (b. 1965) is one of Vietnam’s most significant artists of his generation, whose artistic practice is anchored in the symmetry of fullness and absence. Where are our memories fullest? What triggers/limits our imagination to recall the facts of the past? For Nguyen Thai Tuan, space and its objects, the relationship between body and matter, is of unquestionable import...

Autumn Galleria

Opening: 07.08.2014 Exhibition on view until 30.10.2014 Location: Sàn Art 3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh District   Take a walk down a lane of history and visit the fictional school of Alexandre d’Rhodes, the French Jesuit missionary who created today’s written script in Vietnam. See the students whose eyesight is tested with blindfold and the art of play. This is Phan Thao Nguyen’s world of creating history through fragments with a mastery of both fact and fiction in careful gestures of oil on photographic film. Similarly adept in the art...

Residual: Disrupted Choreographies

Opening: 21.02.2014  Exhibition on view until 27.04.2014 Location: Carré d’Art Carré d’Art – musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes 16 Place de la Maison Carrée 30000 Nîmes, France   ‘Disrupted Choreographies’ weaves eight contemporary voices from Vietnam who propose alternate narratives between colonial histories, collective behavior, systems of class and the crumbling of ideological thought. This exhibition challenges the relationship between Vietnam and the ‘global’ stage, illustrating an artistic community critical of the historical consciousness that often stands in for its name (ie. the guilt of war; the tourist getaway; the...

Fullness of absence

Opening: 10.11.2011 @6pm Exhibition on view until 15.12.2011 Location: Sàn Art 3 Me Linh Street Binh Thanh District Ho Chi Minh City     Regrettably, the Cultural Ministry of Ho Chi Minh City, has asked San Art to remove the previous explanatory text that was here on Nguyen Thai Tuan’s exhibition from San Art’s website. In Dalat, in the highlands north of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thai Tuan’s art studio is full of natural light and the wall above his desk is covered with books and color print outs...