Thao Nguyen Phan

First Rain, Brise Soleil

Thao Nguyen Phan

First Rain, Brise Soleil

Video

Year: 2021

Duration: 16 min 03 sec

First Rain, Brise Soleil (2021–ongoing) addresses US imperialism in the region and the 1977–1991 war between Vietnam and Cambodia. The film opens with the fictional narrative of a Vietnamese-Khmer construction worker who specializes in brise-soleil, the concrete lattices for shading and ventilating buildings that, in cities like Ho Chi Minh City (before 1976 named Saigon), unite a traditional Vietnamese building technique with a modern material linked to US domination. The film’s second half, set during the 18th century’s feudal wars, centers on a folkloric love story between a Vietnamese medicinal healer and a Khmer woman that unfolds around the symbolic significance of a durian (or “thouren”) fruit, a major product of the Mekong Delta. Contrasting the solitude of Saigon’s urban setting with the deceptively lush landscape of the Mekong, the video addresses romantic love from several women’s perspectives, producing a narrative that transforms and flows like the river itself.

It has been exhibited at: Tate St. Ives and at the 59th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia

Thao Nguyen Phan

First Rain, Brise Soleil

Video

Year: 2021

Duration: 16 min 03 sec

Video produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation



BIOGRAPHY

Born 1987, Vietnam

Works in Vietnam