With this monographic exhibition by the Vietnamese multimedia artist Thao Nguyen Phan (1987, Ho Chi Minh City), WIELS is putting the spotlight on one of the important up-and-coming talents from South-East Asia. Thao Nguyen Phan uses not only painting, but also installations, moving images and theatrical interventions as means of expression.
Thao Nguyen Phan’s works draw from the rich and turbulent history of her native country, Vietnam. The exhibition at WIELS – her largest to date – includes three videos accompanied by watercolour paintings: Tropical Siesta (2017), Mute Grain (2019) and Becoming Alluvium (currently in production). Taking different forms and starting points, these recent projects all explore the agricultural, political and social context of the Vietnamese rurality and countryside. However, Phan’s work transgresses a purely historical or political point of view, to incorporate an interest in literature and language. Through storytelling, fiction, official and unofficial history, it subtly reveals the forgotten and the forgettable in poetic recollections.
Photos and videos
Date and time
|Tuesday||from 11:00 to 18:00|
|Wednesday||from 11:00 to 18:00|
|Thursday||from 11:00 to 18:00|
|Friday||from 11:00 to 18:00|
|Saturday||from 11:00 to 18:00|
|Sunday||from 11:00 to 18:00|
Wiels - Contemporary art centre