The New Social Environment#610

Contemporary Art in Vietnam

Featuring Pamela Corey, Phan Thao Nguyen, Nguyen Trinh Thi, and Paul Gladston


8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific

Scholar Pamela Corey, Sculpture artist Phan Thao Nguyen, and filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi join Rail contributor Paul Gladston for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading.

In this talk

Pamela Nguyen Corey

Black and white photo of Pamela Nguyen Corey
Scholar Pamela Nguyen Corey researches and teaches modern and contemporary art history, focusing on Southeast Asia within broader transnational Asian and global contexts. She received her Ph.D. (History of Art and Visual Studies) from Cornell University. Prior to joining Fulbright University Vietnam in January 2021, she was an assistant professor in the History of Art & Archaeology department at SOAS University of London. Pamela has published in numerous academic journals, exhibition catalogs, and platforms for artistic and cultural commentary. Her first book, The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia (University of Washington Press, 2021), was the recipient of a Millard Meiss Publication Fund from the College Art Association.

Thao Nguyen Phan ( Phan Thảo Nguyên)

Black and white photo of Thao Nguyen Phan
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and trained as a painter, Thao Nguyen Phan is a multimedia artist whose practice encompasses video, painting and installation. Drawing from literature, philosophy and daily life, Phan observes ambiguous issues in social conventions and history. Phan has had many solo and group exhibitions including Tate St Ives, (Cornwall, UK, 2022) and Nha San Collective (Hanoi, 2017). She was shortlisted for the 2019 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award and she was granted the Han Nefkens Foundation-LOOP Barcelona Video Art Production Award 2018. In addition to her work as a multimedia artist, she is co-founder of the collective Art Labor, which explores cross disciplinary practices and develops art projects that benefit the local community.

Nguyen Trinh Thi

Photo of Nguyen Trinh Thi in a red chair
Based in Hanoi, Nguyen Trinh Thi is an independent filmmaker and video/media artist. Her diverse practice investigates the role of memory in the necessary unveiling of hidden, displaced or misinterpreted histories; and examined the position of artists in the Vietnamese society. Nguyen studied journalism, photography, international relations and ethnographic film in the United States. Her films and video art works have been shown at festivals and art exhibitions including Jeu de Paume, Paris; Asian Art Biennial 2015, Taiwan; and Kuandu Biennale, Taipei, among many others. Nguyen is founder and director of Hanoi DOCLAB, an independent center for documentary film and the moving image art in Hanoi since 2009.

Paul Gladston

A portrait of Paul Gladston
Award-winning critical theorist and cultural historian Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales and a distinguished affiliate of the UK-China Humanities Alliance, Tsinghua University. He is an inaugural co-editor of the book series Contemporary East Asian Visual Cultures, Societies and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, est. 2019) and was founding principal editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect, est. 2014). He recently co-edited the collected edition Visual Culture Wars at the Borders of Contemporary China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), and is author of the monograph, Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity (Bloomsbury, 2019).

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Contemporary Art in Vietnam

Featuring Pamela Corey, Phan Thao Nguyen, Nguyen Trinh Thi, and Paul Gladston

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