Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance


Nguyen’s New Museum presentation will be his first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., showcasing a new film and two recent video projects alongside works from the artist’s broader practice.

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Tuan Andrew Nguyen, The Unburied Sounds of a Troubled Horizon, 2022 (still). Single-channel video installation, 4k, color, 5.1 surround sound, 60:00 min. Courtesy: the artist and James Cohan, New York. © Tuan Andrew Nguyen 2023

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Developing projects through collaborative community engagement and extensive archival research, Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam; lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City) utilizes strategies of remembrance to highlight unofficial and suppressed histories. Interweaving the factual and the speculative and often employing mythologies of otherworldly realms, Nguyen’s films re-work dominant narratives into stories that propose creative forms of healing the intergenerational traumas of colonialism, war, and displacement. Through his interest in animism and material memory, the affective and historical charge embedded into objects, Nguyen’s installations and sculptural practice coincide with and expand on the themes explored in his films.

Installed in the New Museum’s Third Floor galleries, “Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance” is the artist’s first U.S. solo museum exhibition, showcasing a new film, Because No One Living Will Listen (2023), and two recent video projects, The Unburied Sounds of a Troubled Horizon (2022) and The Specter of Ancestors Becoming (2019), alongside works from the artist’s broader practice. Drawing together conceptual threads from across the Global South via the interconnected histories of Vietnam, Senegal, Morocco, France, and the United States, “Radiant Remembrance” sparks a dialogue on inherited memory and testimony as forms of resistance and empowerment.

“Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance” is curated by Vivian Crockett, Curator, with Ian Wallace, Curatorial Assistant, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the New Museum. The catalogue includes a conversation between the artist and Vivian Crockett and texts by Zoe Butt, Eungie Joo, Catherine Quan Damman, and Christopher Myers.

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Support for this exhibition is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.

Artist commissions are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.

Generous support is provided by:
Shane Akeroyd
Liza Mauer
The Vega Foundation

We gratefully acknowledge the International Leadership Council of the New Museum.

Thanks to James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Education and community programs are supported, in part, by the American Chai Trust.

Support for the publication has been provided by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation and the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum.

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