The Variation

Bui Cong Khanh

Bui Cong Khanh (b. 1972, Vietnam) was one of the first artists to gain international reputation in the 1990s with his performances that questioned the restrictions on individual expression in Vietnam. Deeply concerned with the social constructions of cultural value, Bui Cong Khanh’s multifarious practice has since embraced painting, sculpture, installation, video, and drawing. A poetically provocative artist, Khanh’s works, informed by historical research, continue to venture to new depths, and expertly combines the plastic arts with a conceptual method not taught within the Vietnamese educational system. 

Bui Cong Khanh has widely exhibited in the Southeast Asian region and beyond, with notable group and solo exhibitions including Illuminated Curiosities, Nguyen Art Foundation, HCMC, Vietnam, 2022; Impressions Unearth, San Art, HCMC, Vietnam, 2021; Home: Looking inwards to the outer world, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, HCMC, Vietnam, 2021; Stealing Public Space, Singapore Art Week, Singapore, 2020; Homo Faber: Craft in Contemporary Sculpture, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea, 2019; the 5th Singapore Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 2016; Dislocate, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, organized by San Art, HCMC, Vietnam, 2016; Fortress Temple, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015; The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014; Concept, Context, Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand, 2013-2015, traveled to The Secretariat Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar, 2019; and the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia, 2009.