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Curator's Interview with Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

Video Excerpts



Exhibition Information


Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba�s video work, Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex—For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards, was filmed in 2001 on the southeast coast of Vietnam. This was the artist�s first video work and offers captivating images of local fishermen pulling cyclos (rickshaws) underwater toward an area where the artist stretched about thirty mosquito nets across the sea bed. The cyclos, submerged in deep water, represent the weight of tradition and reference Vietnam�s historical past in the context of the country�s struggle with the processes of modernization.

Nguyen-Hatsushiba was born in 1968 in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Vietnamese father. His family moved to Texas when he was nine years old, and he received formal training in painting in the United States before moving to Vietnam in 1996. He now lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Above left image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo.