Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai 2015/16
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|
|2015||Day by Day, Sa Sa BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Kambodscha|
|2012||The Scar, Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
|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.