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40 Acts of Remembering

December 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am - December 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Three Vietnamese Australian artists, My Le Thi, Minh Phan, and Khue Nguyen will present a collaborative project exploring the themes of Space/Time/Tradition. The artists will examine the alternate lives that they experienced due to the diaspora of war; forty years from this historical event and separate histories have now converged to ask, how the next forty years may look? Drawing, painting, installation, video and performance will express memory/reflection/projection upon the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. OPENING: Wednesday 9 December, 6.30pm–9pm, performance starts at 7.30pm ARTIST TALK: Saturday 12 December, 1.30pm–3pm Artists: Artist Profile_bio_Khue Nguyen Khue Nguyen was born in a family of which 6 out of 7 are artists. Khue started earning living from his paintings since the age of 13. Khue arrived to Australia in 1988 as a refugee. Khue returned to fine arts in 2009 after 15 years working as graphic designer. In 2010, Khue was the first Vietnamese-Australian artist to become a finalist in the Archibald Prize with his self-portrait Unleashed. His locally and internationally exhibited work presents a continued examination of the human form. Khue also works on diaspora and identity issues. Khue is presented by the Art Atrium Gallery in Sydney. Artist Profile_bio_My Le Thi My Le Thi was born in Central Highland of Vietnam. As an orphan at the age of ten, Thi worked as a maid and self taught art and music. She came to Australia in 1985 and studied Arts at the Northern Territory University in Darwin. She practices her art in multi-media including installation and animation video. Thi also works as a performer and an art tutor. Her artwork is inspired by a wide variety of human conditions and struggles. Thi’s work has been used in the School Curriculums since 2004 and was included in exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Artist Profile_bio_Minh Phan Minh Phan arrived in Australia in 1980 as a seven year old Vietnamese boat person and went on to study medicine while concurrently studying visual arts, initially at Victoria University and later at the Victorian College of the Arts. Minh currently works as a part-time GP in Coburg whilst practicing art, as well as raising twin daughters! Minh is interested in diaspora and identity, the power biases of observations, and on looking at looking. Download the 40 Acts of Remembering Exhibition Catalogue.

Forty Acts of remembering is supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria.


December 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am
December 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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