Born 1987 in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam),
lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Through paintings, videos, performances and installations, Thao Nguyên Phan explores the traumatic consequences of Vietnam’s colonisation, challenging contemporary social norms and conventions. Condensing multiple references to history, literature and philosophy, her investigations focus in particular on the 17th-century introduction of the Latin alphabet to Southeast Asia, and on the 1945 agrarian reform and famine in Indochina, under the Japanese Occupation. Blending historic events, traditional fables and tales without distinction, and blurring references to geography and time, her poetic and dreamlike works relate to universal situations of collective amnesia.