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Nguyen Phuong Linh

Nguyễn Phương Linh (b. 1985, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a Hanoi-based conceptual artist with multidisciplinary practice spaning installation, sculpture and video. Phương Linh’s works are sensual, poetic, fragmented, humble and exalted. She travels and collects artefacts; she transforms the materials, creates new forms in order to offer an alternative interpretation on ambiguous and fragmented histories, memories. Phương Linh was born and raised at Nha San studio, the first alternative artist-run space for experimental art in Vietnam that was co-founded by her father and based in their home. She has been absorbed in an artistic environment by living among and working with many of the respected contemporary artists of the Vietnamese art scene. She has demonstrated a deep understanding and involvement in the local art community both as an artist and an art organizer.

Phương Linh has participated in various exhibitions and art projects in Vietnam, Japan, Korea, India, China, Germany, England, France and Italy. She found and organized IN:ACT, the annual international performance art festival in Hanoi. In 2012, she organized Skylines With Flying People, one of the most ambitious contemporary art events in Vietnam in the last decade with local and international artists and curators from Vietnam, Japan, Germany, US, Serbia, Shanghai and Korea at Japan Foundation, Nha San Studio, Goethe Institute, Manzi Art Space and many public sites in Hanoi. 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