State of Concept


02 July—17 July 2020

Solo show

State Affairs #6

Tuan Andrew Nguyen & The Propeller Group


Tuan Andrew Nguyen & The Propeller Group


iLiana Fokianaki


State of Concept, Mpotsari Tousa 19, Athina 117 41, Greece.


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State of Concept is pleased to present the works of artist, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, in a series of screenings as part of the chapter State Affairs. “State Affairs” is dedicated to artists that work mainly with video, and presents artistic practices that focus on thematics that are being narrated gradually through several artworks and a longer timespan and are distinguished for their interest in shedding light in historical conditions and how they affect contemporaneity. The program aims to address directly current affairs, predicaments, problematics, and cul-de-sacs of contemporary living, by summoning the past.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s work explores the power of storytelling through sculpture and video. His projects involve months of research-based work, and often include the involvement of communities and groups of citizens, focusing on the History we inherit, and on memory. Nguyen draws on and works with dominant – and often colonial – histories, but also surrealist narratives that he turns into image-sequences. Facts and fiction intertwine poetic narratives that permeate time and place. He is a member of “The Propeller Group”, one of Vietnam’s oldest and most important art groups.

His latest work, “The Boat People” (2020, duration 19 ‘), which is currently being screened at MOMA in New York, is set in an unspecified post-apocalyptic future at the precarious edge of humanity’s possible extinction. The film follows a band of children led by a strong-willed and resourceful little girl. They travel the seas and collect the stories of a world they never knew through objects that survived over time. The film “The Island” (2017, duration 42 ‘), is shot entirely on Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that became the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. The artist and his family were some of the 250,000 people who inhabited the tiny island between 1978 and 1991; it was once one of the most densely populated places in the world until the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shuttered the camp in 1991. The third film is a collective production of the Propeller Group entitles The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music (2014,duration24’) a film merges documentary footage of actual funeral processions with stunning re-enactments discussing funeral traditions in Southern Vietnam.

Opening Hours/ Screening Schedule:

July 2, 3 and 4: 19.00 – 22.00
July 8, 9, 10: 19.00 – 22.00
July 15, 16, 17: 19.00 – 22.00

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