The New Social Environment#610

Contemporary Art in Vietnam

Featuring Pamela Corey, Phan Thao Nguyen, Nguyen Trinh Thi, and Paul Gladston


8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific

Scholar Pamela Corey, Sculpture artist Phan Thao Nguyen, and filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi join Rail contributor Paul Gladston for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Hai-Dang Phan.

In this talk

Pamela Nguyen Corey

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Scholar Pamela Nguyen Corey researches and teaches modern and contemporary art history, focusing on Southeast Asia within broader transnational Asian and global contexts. She received her Ph.D. (History of Art and Visual Studies) from Cornell University. Prior to joining Fulbright University Vietnam in January 2021, she was an assistant professor in the History of Art & Archaeology department at SOAS University of London. Pamela has published in numerous academic journals, exhibition catalogs, and platforms for artistic and cultural commentary. Her first book, The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia (University of Washington Press, 2021), was the recipient of a Millard Meiss Publication Fund from the College Art Association.

Thao Nguyen Phan ( Phan Thảo Nguyên)

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Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and trained as a painter, Thao Nguyen Phan is a multimedia artist whose practice encompasses video, painting and installation. Drawing from literature, philosophy and daily life, Phan observes ambiguous issues in social conventions and history. Phan has had many solo and group exhibitions including Tate St Ives, (Cornwall, UK, 2022) and Nha San Collective (Hanoi, 2017). She was shortlisted for the 2019 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award and she was granted the Han Nefkens Foundation-LOOP Barcelona Video Art Production Award 2018. In addition to her work as a multimedia artist, she is co-founder of the collective Art Labor, which explores cross disciplinary practices and develops art projects that benefit the local community.

Nguyễn Trinh Thi

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Based in Hanoi, Nguyễn Trinh Thi is a filmmaker and artist. Traversing boundaries between film, documentary, video art, installation, and performance, her practice currently explores the potential of sound and listening, and the multiple relations between the image, sound, and space with ongoing interests in history, memory, ecology, representation, and the unknown. Recent exhibitions include installations at documenta 15, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, and the 13th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale. In 2009, Nguyễn founded Hanoi DOCLAB, an independent center for documentary film and moving image in Hanoi.

Paul Gladston

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Award-winning critical theorist and cultural historian Paul Gladston is the Judith Neilson Chair Professor of Contemporary Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney and a distinguished affiliate fellow of the UK-China Humanities Alliance, Tsinghua University. He is co-editor of the book series Contemporary East Asian Visual Cultures, Societies and Politics and was founding principal editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. His recent publications include the collected edition Visual Culture Wars at the Borders of Contemporary China (2021) and the monograph Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity (2019). He was an academic adviser to Art of Change: New Directions from China, Hayward Gallery, London (2012).

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Hai-Dang Phan reading.

Hai-Dang Phan

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Poet, translator, and essayist Hai-Dang Phan is the author of the poetry collection Reenactments (Sarabande, 2019) and the translator of Phan Nhiên Hạo’s selected volume of poems, Paper Bells (The Song Cave, 2020). His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2016, New England Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, Asymptote, Mekong Review, and his essays have been featured in The Baffler, Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog, and The Fabulist. Phan is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the American Literary Translators Association. His work has been honored with the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Emerging Writer Award from New England Review. He holds a Ph.D. in literary studies from the University of Wisconsin.

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