TUAN ANDREW NGUYEN
b. 1976, Sai Gon, Vietnam

Lives and works Sai Gon, Vietnam

Tuan Andrew Nguyen graduated from the Fine Arts program at the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and received his Masters of Fine Arts from The California Institute of the Arts in 2004. He is a co-founder and currently board member of Sàn Art, an artist-initiated exhibition space and educational program in Sai Gon, Vietnam. Tuan has shown in numerous film festivals, internationl exhibitions, having works in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Carre d'Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum. Tuan has received several awards in both film and arts, including an Art Matters grant in 2010. His work explores the body as sites and and as moments of resistance in public space and the impact of mass media on these moments of resistance. In his continual attempts at reworking the power dynamics of public space and mass media in general, he founded The Propeller Group in 2006, an art collective who positions themselves between a fake advertising company and archeologists of hidden historical conundrums. Accolades for the collective include the main prize at the 2015 Internationale Kurztfilmtage Wintherthur and a Creative Capital award for their video project Television Commercial for Communism . The collective has been featured in numerous international exhibitions including the The Ungovernables (2012 New Museum Triennial), Made In LA (2012 Los Angeles Biennial), Propsect 3 (New Orleans Triennial 2014), and the Venice Biennale 2015. In 2017, My Ailing Beliefs Can Cure Your Wretched Desires was presented at the Armory Show New York 2017 and The Irony of Worship at the Whitney Biennial New York
2017.

Artist Website:
http://www.tuanandrewnguyen.com

Born 1976 in Sai Gon, Viet Nam. Lives and works in Saigon, Vietnam. Co-founded and works with art collaborative, The Propeller Group.

 

EDUCATION
1999   
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, with Minor in Digital Arts, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA.

2004   
Master of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS / PERFORMANCES

2017       
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, NYC
The Propeller Group, Phoenix Art Museum
                 
2016       
The Propeller Group, MCA Chicago,
Chicago, IL, USA  [w/ TPG]
The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, James Cohan Gallery, NYC, USA [w/ TPG]

2015    
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden [w/ TPG]
All The World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy [w/ TPG]
After Utopia, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore [w/ TPG]
Fairy Tales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan [w/ TPG]
44th International Film Festival Rotterdam [w/ TPG]

2014
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, USA
Prospect New Orleans, Prospect.3: Notes for Now”, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA [w/TPG]
SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2014: Ghosts, Spies, and Grandmothers, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Korea [w/ TPG]
Unlearn, Tradition (un)Realized, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea [w/ TPG]
Residual: Disrupted Choreographies, Carre d’Art, Nimes, France [w/ TPG]
Transmission, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand [w/ TPG]

2013
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Asia Society Hong Kong, Hong Kong
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Guggenheim, New York
In Between, Beit HaGafen - Arab Jewish Culture Center, Haifa, Isreal [w/ TPG]
Home Away, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California, USA [w/ TPG]
ASEAN Media Arts Festival, traveling exhibition, Tokyo, Japan. [w/ TPG]
Unknown Forces, MSGSÜ Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul, Turkey [w/ TPG]
Cities of Ancient Futures, Changwon Asian Art Festival, Changwon, South Korea [w/ TPG]
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Yebisu International Festival For Art & Alternative Visions, National Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan [w/ TPG]

2012
Impakt, Utrecht, The Netherlands [w/ TPG]
7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia [w/ TPG]
The Unseen, Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou City, China [w/ TPG]
Six Lines Of Flight, SF MOMA, San Francisco, Clifornia, USA [w/ TPG]
Made In LA, Los Angeles Biennial, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA [w/ TPG]
The Ungovernables, The New Museum, New York, NY, USA [w/ TPG]
Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand.

2011
Video, An Art, A History, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
Project 35 - Independent Curators International, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY.
Commercial Break, Venice, Italy.
Negotiating Home History And Nation, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
Singapore Biennale - Open House, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

2010
Against Easy Listening, 1A Space, Hong Kong.
8th Shanghai Biennale, in collaboration with Superflex, Shanghai Art Museum
, Shanghai, China.
Kuandu Biennale, in collaboration with Superflex, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.
Porcelain / Mảnh Ghép Cuộc Đời, in collaboration with Superflex, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Sàn Art @ L’Usine. Your Name Here, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Project 35. Independent Curators International, New York, NY.
FAX. Para-site. Hong Kong.
Sàn Art L’Usine. Your Name Here, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
The Farmers and the Helicopters, Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Project 35. Independent Curators International, New York, NY.
Night Festival, Singapore.
FAX. Para-site. Hong Kong.

2009   
Lim Dim. Curated by Tran Luong, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway.
Intersection Vietnam. Valentine Willie Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Time Ligaments. 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong.
Palais Project. Vienna, Austria.
Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany.
What’s the Big Idea? Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA. , USA.

2008
Strategies from Within, Ke Center, Shanghai, China.
Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou City, China.
Quiet Shiny Words, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi MInh City, Viet Nam.
Fourth Biennial Cinema Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
TransPop, Korea Vietnam Remix, Seoul, Korea.
2nd Singapore Biennale, Singapore.
GwangJu Biennale, Korea.
The Farmers & the Helicopters, Freer & Sackler, Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA.

2007   
6th NHK Asian Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
Requiem for a Wall, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Lyon Biennial, The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named, Lyon, France.
The Peace Project, High Energy Constructs Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
KölnShow2... what will be told of today tomorrow, European Kunsthalle, Köln, Germany.
Vietnamese International Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Eternal Flame: Imagining a Future at the End of the World, The Gallery at Redcat, Los Angeles, CA.
Depiction Perversion Repulsion Obsession Subversion, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Witte de Withe, Center for Contemporary Arts, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2006   
5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
26th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Imaginary Country, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA.
Diaspora, Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore.

2005   
Bangkok Democrazy, The 4th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand.
US Asean Film Festival, Falls Church, VA.
AFM American Film Market, Santa Monica, CA.
18th Annual Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore.
Short Shorts Film Festival Asia, Tokyo, Japan.

2004   
Under the Couch Film/Video Festival, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
In Place of Place, One Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
e-flux video rental project, e-flux, New York City, NY, USA.
There’s No Place Like Place, One Night Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Supersonic, The Windtunnel, Pasadena, CA, USA.
While Dodging Fake Bullets in the Dark, Voz Alta Projects, San Diego, CA, USA.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival, Director’s Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Trying to Kill Me by Accident, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA.

2003   
Vietnamese International Film Festival, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA.
MINE, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA.
re:fresh; re-thinking the relationship between hip hop and art, CalArts, Valencia, CA, USA.

2002   
WHATEVER, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
F.O.B., Nguoi Viet Art Gallery, Westminster, CA, USA.
7th Annual Chicago Asian American Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL, USA.

2001   
T-10, 21 Grand Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA.
Friday Night Shorts Festival, Los Angeles Film School, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

2000   
Exquisite Corpse, www.loudcricket.com, online collaborative digital art exhibition.
5th Annual Chicago Asian American Film Festival, Chicago, IL, USA.

1999   
New Year’s Resolutions, performance, Visual Communications Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
When the Water’s Warm Enough, Deep River, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival, Director’s Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Heroes and Hernias, UCI, Irvine, CA, USA.
Undies, UCI Art Gallery, Irvine, CA, USA.
Centered on the Center, Huntington Beach Museum of Art, Huntington Beach, CA, USA.

1998                
En route: constructing home, collaborative public installation, 73 Freeway, Irvine, CA, USA.
Regression and Seasickness: dripping seawater and seeing home, MAB space, Irvine, CA, USA.
Uneven Eyes and Eyeliner, Visual Communications Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Third Annual Asian American Art Exhibition, HB Museum of Art, Huntington Beach, CA, USA.

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

2012
Creative Capital Grant.

2009   
ArtMatters Grant

 

LECTURES / WORKSHOPS / PANELS

2014
Creative Time Summit, Stockholm, Sweden

2013
USC Roski School of Fine Arts, MFA
Lecture Series, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia, symposium, Guggenheim Museum

2012
Yebisu International Festival For Art & Alternative Visions, National Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

2010
PUBLIC INTEREST: Projects & Prototypes, LACE and Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, California, USA
Art Matters, grantee panel discussion, Los Angeles, California, USA

2008
TransPop, Korea Vietnam Remix, panelist, Seoul, Korea

2007
UC Irvine, School of Art, Irvine, California, USA
California Institute of the Arts, visiting artist, Valencia, California, USA

2006
GOMA, Queensland Art Gallery, guest speaker, “White Cube Black Box,” Queensland, Australia

 

PUBLICATIONS / CATALOGS

2013
Exhibition Catalogue - In Between, Beit HaGafen - Arab Jewish Culture Center, Haifa, Isreal
The Propeller Group Take on the Art World's Celebrity Fixation,The Village Voice, Christian Viveros-Faune
<http://www.villagevoice.com/2013-09-25/art/no-country-for-poor-men/>
Exhibition Catalogue - Cities of Ancient Futures, Changwon Asian Art Festival, Changwon, South Korea
The Propeller Group, Bomb Magazine Online, Diane Mehta Feb 21,2013
< http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/7073 >
Exhibition Catalogue - Yebisu International Festival For Art & Alternative Visions, National Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

2012
Exhibition Catalogue - 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Exhibition Catalogue - The Unseen, Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Art review: The Hammer biennial 'Made in L.A. 2012' succeeds, Los Angeles Times, Christopher Knight.
<articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/08/entertainment/la-et-hammer-biennial-review-20120609/2>
Exhibition Catalogue - Made In L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Big-Government Conservatives, New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz
< http://nymag.com/arts/art/reviews/ungovernables-new-museum-saltz/>
For The Propeller Group, Talking about Art Is an Art, Hyphen Magazine, Mic Nguyen. < http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/node/3737 >
Exhibition Catalog - The Ungovernables, New Museum, NY

2011                 
Exhibition Catalog - Video, an Art, a History 1965-2010
Exhibition Catalog - Singapore Biennale
Exhibition Catalog - Negotiating Home History And Nation

2010                 
Asian Contemporary Art. Thames & Hudson.
Para Site Art Space, FAX: The Hong Kong Works, Hong Kong
BUTT Zoe [interview], “The Pilgrimage of Inspiration – Artists as Engineers in Vietnam: The Propeller Group interview with Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Phu Nam Thuc Ha, and Matt Lucero”, Independent Curators International: Dispatch, May 13, 2010. Retrieved on November 30, 2010 from                 <http://www.ici-exhibitions.org/images/uploads/propeller.pdf>.
VU Thi Quynh Giao [interview], “Vietnam the World Tour: The Propeller Group”, diacritics: Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, October 9, 2010. Retrieved on November 30, 2010 from <http://diacritics.org/2010/10/09/vietnam-the-world-tour-the-propellor-group/ >.

2008                 
Art Asia Pacific Almanac 2008, Art Asia Pacific (New York), Art Asia Pacific Publishing LLC, 2007.

2007                 
Exhibition Catalog | Eternal Flame, Imagining a Future at the End of the World, by Eungie Joo.
Exhibition Catalog | Koln Show 2, by Nicolaus Schafhausen & Florian Waldvogel.
Exhibition Catalog - Lyon Biennial.

2006                 
Exhibition Catalog | 5th Asia Pacific Triennial, text by Gridthiya Gaweewong.

2003                 
“Vietnamese International Film Festival, Part II,” Moxley, R. Scott, OC Weekly, October 31, 2003.

2002                 
"And You Could Feel Their Energy," Nguyen, Trisha, URB.com, May 2002.

2000                
Exhibition Catalog | 5th Annual Chicago Asian American Film Festival.

1999                 
Exhibition Catalog | 14th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival.
“Lineup Set for L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest,” Shiomi, Audrey, The Rafu Shimpo, May 14, 1999.
“boom boom and Ekleipsis,” Tsang, Daniel C, OC Weekly, vol. 4 no. 36, May 14 - 20, 1999.
“Calendar Weekend,” Los Angeles Times, May 13, 1999.

COLLECTIONS
Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA [The Propeller Group]
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, AUS
The Burger Collection, Switzerland
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA [The Propeller Group]
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore