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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Strangers, 2015, digital C-print.

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Another World, 2016, installation view Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, 04.-27.03.2016.

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Another World, 2016, installation view Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, 04.-27.03.2016.

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, ID Card, 2014, heat transfer prints on recycled fabric, 348 pieces, each 5.7 x 8.1 cm (detail).

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Shadow, 2014, ink on digital C-print, 13 x 18 cm (detail).

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Travels, 2014, digital C-print of digital collage, 25 x 35 cm (detail).

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai installing her work ‘Untitled # 7’, ‘The Scar’ exhibition, Thomas Craig Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City.

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Untitled # 4, 2012, ice, natural thorns, 120 x 210 cm.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai 2015/16

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About Mai
Mapping Southeast Asia

The work of Vietnamese artist Ngyuen Thi Thanh Mai (born 1983 in Ha Tai/Hanoi, lives and works in Hue, Vietnam) explores cultural and sexual identity and addresses issues of origin, belonging and migration. She conducted in-depth field studies for her project ‘Day by Day’ (2014), visiting fishing villages along the border between Vietnam and Cambodia and speaking to the villagers who are regarded as stateless. The installation titled ‘ID Card’ consisting of unofficial identity papers, the edited photo series ‘Shadow’ and ‘Travels’ and a video are results of her artistic research. Nguyen’s works, particularly her many installations that make use of a variety of media, show a consistent concern with the taboo issues of sexuality and femininity and with the relationship between body, memory and violence. 


2014 Residency Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh, Kambodscha
2013 HIVE Studio, Cheongju City, Chungbuk-do, Südkorea
2012 MA Visual Arts, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
2006 Hue College of Arts, Hue University, Vietnam

Selected solo shows:

2015 Day by Day, Sa Sa BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Kambodscha
2012 The Scar, Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Selected group shows:

2014 Swimming in Sand, Planting Rice Under an Umbrella, No Vacancy, Melbourne
2013 XEM, Sàn Art Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2012 Riverscapes IN FLUX, Goethe-Institut Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia

Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien:

Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai - "Another world"

4 to 27 March 2016 
Opening 3 March 2016, 7pm 

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue:

Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert (eds.), Ngyen Thi Than Mai: In Silence, with an essay by Zoe Butt and an interview by Syafiatudina, Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, 2016.

Mapping Southeast Asia: Contemporary Art and Public Space
Panel talk with grant holders of KfW Stiftung on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific-Weeks Berlin 2015.

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