Tate St Ives
Thao Nguyen Phan
February 5 – May 2, 2022
Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1TG , UK
© Thao Nguyen Phan, First Rain, Brise Soleil, video still, 2021.
The Han Nefkens Foundation is glad to announce the exhibition of Vietnamese artist Thao Nguyen Phan at Tate St. Ives, which will take place from the 5th February to the 2nd May 2022.
The exhibition will include two productions by the Han Nefkens Foundation: Becoming Alluvium, result of Phan winning the Han Nefkens Foundation-LOOP Barcelona Video Art Production Grant 2018, in collaboration with Fundació Joan Miró; and Mute Grain, Brise Soleil (2021), a recently produced three-channel video installation.
Thao Nguyen Phan is internationally renowned for her poetic, multi-layered artworks which explore the historical and ecological issues facing her homeland Vietnam, while speaking to broader ideas around tradition, ideology, ritual and environmental change.
Phan’s mesmerising work intertwines mythology and folklore with urgent issues around industrialisation, food security and the environment. The threat posed by the destruction and excessive consumption of Earth’s resources is a recurring theme across her practice.
Through storytelling, and the mixing of official and unofficial histories, her work often amplifies narratives that are less well documented, or in some cases obscured.
This exhibition will bring together a selection of Phan’s videos, paintings and sculptures from the past five years, alongside new work exhibited for the first time. This includes First Rain, Brise Soleil (2021–ongoing), a major new multi-channel film commission, and an accompanying series of paintings.
This is Thao Nguyen Phan’s most extensive UK exhibition to date.