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Nguyen Phuong Linh

Nguyen Phuong Linh (b. 1985, Vietnam) is a conceptual artist with multidisciplinary practice spanning installation, sculpture and video. Her art is sensual, poetic, fragmented, humble and exalted. She travels and collects artefacts, transforming materials to create new forms to offer an alternative interpretation on ambiguous and fragmented histories and memories. Phuong Linh was born and raised at Nha San, the first alternative artist-run space for experimental art in North Vietnam that was co-founded by her father Nguyen Manh Duc. She has been absorbed in an artistic environment by living and working here alongside generations of respected contemporary artists of Vietnam. Phuong Linh has demonstrated a deep understanding and involvement in the local art community both as an artist and art organizer. Her most notable curatorial projects include the international performance art festival IN:ACT and the exhibition series Skylines With Flying People. She has participated in various exhibitions, art projects and residencies around the world, and has received awards and support from the Pollock-Kasner Foundation (US), Hans Nefkens Foundation – BACC Award for Contemporary Art (Thailand), Prince Claus Fund (The Netherlands), Asian Cultural Council (US) and Mondriaan Foundation (The Netherlands). In 2013, she co-founded Nha San Collective.

Studio Visit with Nguyen Phuong Linh

Quynh Nguyen, founder of Nguyen Art Foundation, and Thy Nguyen, Project Manager of Nguyen Art Foundation, visited Nguyễn Phương Linh in her Hanoi studio on 28 November 2020. Phương Linh shared the early stage of her art career, her practice, the source of her medium, and the “teachers” of her life who urged her to do more research and study about Vietnam history for her practice.

This video is part of a series of interviews with artists in the Nguyen Art Foundation collection

Featuring: Nguyễn Phương Linh; Quynh Nguyen (Founder Nguyen Art Foundation); Thy Nguyen (Special Projects Nguyen Art Foundation).

Direction: Ta Minh Duc, Tra My Nguyen
Research and Production: MoT+++, Tra My Nguyen, Alessandra Dias
Photography: Ta Minh Duc
Sound: Nguyen Duc Thanh
Light: Nguyen Duc Anh
Translation: Chau Hoang