Alumni Events Around the World

Exhibition / Vietnam

Flowers

April 4, 2019 - April 4, 2020

The song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ by Pete Seeger, heard on repeat as part of the flowers artwork, is listed as one of the top 20 most influencing political songs and an anti-war song from the 60s era. It is inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel The Quiet Flows the Don, and by three lines of an Ukrainian folk song: ‘where are the flowers, the girls have plucked them. where are the girls, they’ve all taken husbands. where are the men, they’re all in the army.’

Composed of the word ‘flowers’ in rose coloured neon light writing mounted on the simple cardboard box of a popular Vietnamese instant noodle brand, the work exudes a gentle and tender air. the noodle box is nostalgic and humble, an allusion to childhood years in the subsidized period, when the artist’s mother sold coffee and food to earn a living in hard times. Coming out from the box, a small set of headphones play the song like an echo; its sound creating a heady audio essence that emanates from within. Together, in a modest ode, these elements accentuate the interchange between the physical and intangible factors at play in the work, and slowly unfurl the complex notions of beauty and peace.

about the artist:
Tran Minh Duc (b.1982, Vietnam) is a visual artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam working with the mediums of performance, photography, collage and installation. through a multidisciplinary approach, Tran seeks to explore collective memory and cultural archives by investigating historical narratives, the effects of colonialism and imperialism, and the lasting impacts of war and migration. He is interested in the interactions between the collective and individual, and the local and the foreign; his work forms a personal interrogation of what it means to be Vietnamese in the intricate fabric of contemporaneity. Tran graduated with a BA in painting from the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, and has since exhibited widely in Vietnam and internationally. Tran is an alumnus of ACC -- in 2017, he received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to be in residence at Art in General in New York City, USA. His artwork flowers was previously exhibited with MoT+++ in 2015, and is part of the Post Vidai, a Vietnamese Art Collection.

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Grantee: Tran Minh Duc

Exhibition / United States

Ilana Harris-Babou: Clean Lines

May 22, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Curated by ACC grantee Jinglun Zhu, Ilana Harris-Babou’s solo exhibition "Clean Lines" presents a new installation that draws on the branding strategies of luxury home-goods companies and the language of twentieth-century zoning laws in the US. The installation activates the surfaces and depths of the window display by expanding on the visual tactics and multilayered contents of her previous video work, Red Sourcebook (2018). In this new iteration, Harris-Babou juxtaposes the sleek lines and aspirational rhetoric of home-furnishing advertising with color-coded maps and texts from the exclusionary policies that continue to shape real estate development in the present.

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Grantee: Zhu Jinglun

Exhibition / United States

Cry Joy Park –– Gardens of Dark and Light

May 17, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light investigates the history and social landscape of Charleston, a cultural capital of the American South, and an exemplar of its complex opulence and beauty. The exhibition creates an immersive, multi-sensory experience that explores the juxtaposition of utopia and dystopia. Cry Joy Park is an ongoing series of work following Paradise Interrupted, an installation opera conceived, designed, and directed by ACC alumna Jennifer Wen Ma, which made its world premiere at Spoleto Festival 2015.

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Grantee: Jennifer Wen Ma

Exhibition / United States

Lubrication: Zhang Zhaohui solo show

May 25, 2019 - June 30, 2019

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Grantee: Zhang Zhaohui

Exhibition / United Kingdom

Solo Exhibition at FLOWERS LONDON Kingsland Road

May 2, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Flowers Gallery is delighted to present the first major UK solo exhibition by New York-based Chinese artist Shen Wei, an ACC alumnus. The exhibition brings together works from several series from 2009 to the present day, incorporating photography and moving image.

Responding to his conservative upbringing in China, Shen Wei’s self-portraits, nudes and sensuous landscape photographs explore notions of identity, memory and sexuality. This exhibition draws connections between the influence of Chinese culture and his own personal process of self-discovery.

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Grantee: Shen Wei, Photographer

Performance / Europe

Same Same but different

June 6, 2019 - June 16, 2019

“Same Same but Different” THAILAND Country & Region Exhibition focuses on Life Matter by communicating Thai people’s attitude towards society, art, culture, and belief through the eyes of theatre practitioners, artists, designers, and art enthusiasts together with communities, interpreting events or aspects in everyday life that drive a society, encourage a smile or raise a topic that make an artist question the past, present and future. When life is a collective experience and performing art is an art that concerns other people’s problem, shared space installation is a form of exhibition in Thailand that explores human and space by a sharing of space between artists and designers, reflecting their views towards events in Thailand and its people’s trends. Exhibition viewers are invited to share their experience through this shared space. #PQ2019 #PQThailand2019 #PQTeamThai #SameSameButDifferent

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Grantee: Nikorn Sae Tang