“State Affairs” thematic chapter presents artistic practices that focus on thematics unfolding and narrated gradually through several artworks, practices distinguished for their interest in shedding light on historical conditions, and how they affect contemporaneity.
State of Concept is proud to present Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s works at State of Concept. His latest work, “The Boat People” (2020, duration 19 ‘), which is currently being screened at MOMA in New York, is set in an unspecified post-apocalyptic future at the precarious edge of humanity’s possible extinction. The film follows a band of children led by a strong-willed and resourceful little girl. They travel the seas and collect the stories of a world they never knew through objects that survived over time. The film “The Island” (2017, duration 42 ‘), is shot entirely on Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that became the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. The artist and his family were some of the 250,000 people who inhabited the tiny island between 1978 and 1991; it was once one of the most densely populated places in the world until the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shuttered the camp in 1991. The third film is a collective production of the Propeller Group entitled The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music (2014,duration24’) a film that merges documentary footage of actual funeral processions with stunning re-enactments discussing funeral traditions in Southern Vietnam.
DURATION: 2 July–17 July 2020
LOCATION: State of Concept – Basement (19 Tousa Botsari,Koukaki)
OPENING HOURS: July 2, 3 and 4: 19.00 – 22.00, July 8, 9, 10: 19.00 – 22.00, July 15, 16, 17: 19.00 – 22.00
Artist’s Bio: .Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976) was born in Saigon, and currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Andrew Nguyen is a multimedia artist who explores identity, memory, and history and their complex interrelationship within the context of exile and cultural estrangement. He earned a BFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 1999, and received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2004. He co-founded Sàn Art, an artist-run exhibition space in Ho Chi Minh City (est. 2007) and is a founding member of the artist collective The Propeller Group (est. 2006). The group appropriates marketing and advertising strategies to investigate power structures and economic systems, and often focuses their work on Vietnam and the rapid rise of capitalism in this formally Communist country.