Aug 08 2018

Australian War Memorial Project in Ho Chi Minh City and Canberra

Sàn Art is very happy to announce a collaboration with the Australian War Memorial museum (AWM) in Canberra. The artists Nguyễn Thị Thanh Mai and James Nguyen have been selected to research and develop artworks that respond to Australia’s and Vietnam’s shared historical experience of war. Exchange residencies will be hosted by A. Farm in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and AWM for September 2018, with Thanh Mai traveling abroad and James coming to HCMC. The residencies support the artists to begin to contribute to public understandings of the complex legacies of the Vietnam War for both nations. Thanh Mai and James will eventually produce new artworks to be acquired by AWM.

The project will include a public series of artists’ and related talks in both cities, held at Sàn Art and A. Farm in HCMC.

AWM’s generous support of this project was made possible by a grant from the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.



 James Nguyen portrait               James Nguyen

James Nguyen (b. 1982) graduated from the National Art School in Sydney in 2012 and is currently undertaking a MFA at Sydney College of Arts of the University of Sydney. He was the recipient of a Clitheroe Foundation Scholarship and the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. James has participated in several group exhibitions and his first solo exhibition EXIT Strategy (2013) was at Bradfield College, North Sydney; while his recent solo exhibition The Man With the Movie Camera was presented at both SCA Gallery and FELTspace in Adelaide in 2014. His works explore the realities of migrants, refugees and diasporic communities in Australia. Focusing on his own personal origins and experiences, James often involves his family members in his videos and performances.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai portrait               Nguyễn Thị Thanh Mai

Nguyễn Thị Thanh Mai (b. 1983) graduated from Huế College of Arts in 2006 and completed her MA in Visual Arts at Mahasarakham University in Thailand. She was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant in 2014. Mai’s exhibitions include Another World (2016) at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany, Scars (2016) at Gallery PM, Croatia and Day By Day (2015) at Sao La Art Space, Hồ Chí Minh City and SA SA BASSAC in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Thanh Mai’s current practice focuses on questions of identity, both personal and collective, and including issues of migrants’ experiences and rights. She explores the complex relationships between individuals and society, and the role of fantasy and imagination in people’s conception of their existence.