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Thao Nguyen Phan

Monsoon Melody

01 02 16 08 2020

Thao Nguyen Phan’s works draw from the rich and turbulent history of her native country, Vietnam. Taking different forms and starting points, these recent projects all explore the agricultural, political and social context of the Vietnamese rurality and countryside.


Phan’s work transgresses a purely historical or political point of view, to incorporate an interest in literature and language. Through storytelling, fiction, official and unofficial history, it subtly reveals the forgotten and the forgettable in poetic recollections. The exhibition at WIELS – her largest to date – includes three videos accompanied by paintings: Tropical Siesta (2017), Mute Grain (2019) and Becoming Alluvium (2019).

Curator : Zoë Gray

On this occasion, Phan’s first monograph will be co-published by the exhibition partners, the Han Nefkens Foundation and Mousse Publishing.

This exhibition is a project of the Han Nefkens Foundation in collaboration with: Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona), WIELS (Brussels), Chisenhale Gallery (London) and Galerie Zink (Waldkirchen).

Special thanks to Fondation Thalie.