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Until Sun 16 August

Thao Nguyen Phan - 'Monsoon Melody'

Wiels - Contemporary art centre
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Thao Nguyen Phan - 'Monsoon Melody' Thao Nguyen Phan, video stills from Mute Grain, 2019. Three channel video installation, 15:45 mins, loop, black and white


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.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 — Sunday, August 16, 2020


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Monday Closed
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


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