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Han Nefkens Foundation – Loop Barcelona Video Art Production Award 2018 : Thao Nguyen Phan

in collaboration with the Fundació Joan Miró

Thao Nguyen Phan wins the Han Nefkens Foundation – Loop Barcelona Video Art Award 2018, in collaboration with the Fundació Joan Miró. 

The winner has been selected by a judging panel chaired by Han Nefkens, Founder of the Han Nefkens Foundation, and joined by Emilio Alvarez, Founding co-director of LOOP Barcelona, Marko Daniel, Director of the Fundació Joan Miró, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of the Serpentine Galleries, and Barbara London, author, curator and professor. 

Thao Nguyen Phan wins the Han Nefkens Foundation - Loop Barcelona Video Art Award for her heterogeneous and powerful works, which have an alluring  narrative form. 

Established by the Han Nefkens Foundation in collaboration with Loop Barcelona in 2018, the annual award aims to increase contemporary artistic production in the video art field by supporting artists of Asian origin or nationality . 

Thao Nguyen Phan (1987, Vietnam) has unanimously been chosen as the winner of the Han Nefkens Foundation - LOOP Barcelona Video Art Award 2018 in collaboration with Fundació Joan Miró. She has a strong eye and, remarkably, for an artist of her age, Thao Nguyen Phan has found a voice that is both unique and incisive. Her diverse practice includes complex, layered narratives, which create a form of storytelling that is at once grounded in her local landscape and in the communities she works with, while at the same time referring to fictional texts. She manages to fuse the universal and the local in a poetic and visually powerful way. She is a great storyteller who executes her work in a highly professional manner. The jury feels that, at this moment in her professional life Thao Nguyen Phan will be able to take full advantage of this opportunity by producing a new work that will without doubt further her career. 

Thao Nguyen Phan receives $15.000 funding for the production of a new work which will be presented at the Fundació Joan Miró in November 2019 to coincide with Loop Barcelona 2019. The Han Nefkens Foundation will also present the work in various art centres worldwide throughout 2019 and 2020.

LOOP Fair Barcelona 


Founded in 2003, LOOP Barcelona is dedicated to the study and promotion of artists’ films and videos. LOOP teams up with an international community of artists, curators, gallerists, collectors and institution directors to develop projects which aim at exploring the capacities of video and film in today’s contemporary art discourses. Every year LOOP organizes a city-wide festival and hosts LOOP Fair, a selection of contemporary artists’ films and videos presented by international galleries in a unique viewing experience. Being the first commercial event to ever be devoted exclusively to moving image, the fair constitutes a professional framework and a dynamic meeting point for art lovers and experts alike. 


Fundació Joan Miró 


The Fundació Joan Miró was created by the artist himself and opened its doors to the public in 1975. It holds a unique collection of Miró’s works, his personal library, as well as an archive with the entirety of his preparatory drawings. A center for the research of Miró’s output and legacy, since its opening as the first museum devoted to modern and contemporary art in Barcelona, the Fundació has hosted numerous exhibitions. It is also the home of Espai 13, one of the earliest spaces devoted to emerging artists and curators, as well as an active educational center focused on the promotion of creativity and a better understanding of modern and contemporary artistic practices. 

Scouts & Experts:

  • ​Isaac Leung, Chairman Videotage, Hong Kong

  • Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director, Para Site, Hong Kong

  • Shihoko Lida, Chief Curator, Aichi Triennale, Japan

  • Hanna Yoo Jung, Chief Curator, Buk Seoul Museum, Korea

  • Amy Cheng, Independent Curator and Founder of The Cube Project Space, Taiwan

  • Khai Hori, Curatorial Director and Partner, Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore

  • Ozge Ersoy, Public Programmes Lead, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and Turkey

  • Esther Lu, Independent Curator, Taiwan