Leading Contemporary Vietnamese Artists at San Art

April 12, 2010

Syntax and Diction @ San Art

In this month’s cover story, “Work in Progress”AsiaLIFE looked at the state of contemporary art in Saigon. If you want to know more, head over to San Art (3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh District) this Thursday the 15th at 6pm for a pair of artist talks with the space’s co-founders, Dinh Q. Lê and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, who were both featured in the article. The talks are in conjunction with the current exhibit, “Syntax & Diction,” which features a number of art works crafted from found objects and conveys the singularity of a Vietnamese aesthetic. Lê and Nguyen will discuss the pieces they contributed to “Syntax and Diction”, and give a brief overview of their overall artistic practice.

Check out more about the artists below.

Dinh Q Le
Dinh Q. Lê was born in Ha-Tien, Vietnam in 1968.  He received his BA in Art studio at UC Santa Barbara in 1989 and his MFA in Photography and Related Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1992.  In 1993, Lê returned to Vietnam and settled in Ho Chi Minh City. Much of Le’s art focuses on the history and experience of war, examining its affect on ideas of cultural memory and loss. His work has been exhibited world wide and is included in major public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In June 2010, his work ‘The Farmers and the Helicopters’ will premiere at MoMA, New York. Dinh Q Le is co-founder of the Vietnam Foundation for the Arts and San Art.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Tuan Andrew Nguyen was born in Ho Chi Minh City in 1976.  He returned to Ho Chi Minh City in 2004 after completing a Bachelor of Arts, from the University of California, Irvine, USA and a Master of Fine Art, from the California Institute of the Arts, USA. Examining the domination and usurpation of public space and popular symbol or stereotype, Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s conceptual art practice provokes the cultural mindset of contemporary Vietnam. In 2005, Nguyen and fellow artist Phù Nam Thúc Hà co-founded The Propeller Group, a creative development artistic agency specializing in experimental film, music video and original television content. Nguyen’s individual and collaborative art practice has been showcased worldwide, recent projects include ‘Porcelain’ a collaborative film project with Danish collective Superflex, and inclusion of new performative/graphic work in ‘Art Paris and Guest’, France. Tuan Andrew Nguyen is also co-founder of San Art.

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  1. […] the artist talk took place this past Thursday, check out this post for a brief introduction to leading Vietnamese artists Dinh Q. Le and Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Other […]


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