Enemy’s Enemy: A Monument To A Monument
In this work, an image of a burning monk is meticulously carved into the barrel of a baseball bat, the engulfing flames eating away at its wooden strength. This carefully crafted sculpture refers to the self-immolation of the Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc on June 11, 1963, bringing attention to the repressive and discriminatory policies [...]
Take Cover Take Care
This installation consists of 2 pieces, a photograph and a sculpture. The sculpture, a sewage drain cover, taken from the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, is carved on the underside with lyrics from the Tupac Shakur’s song, “I Don’t Give a Fuck,” taken from his first solo album entitled “2pacalypse Now”.
Letters From Saigon To Saigon
“Letters from Saigon to Saigon” is a series of photographs taken of Wowy’s hand-written letter to the rapper Saigon. These photographs capture an attempt by a young aspiring Vietnamese rapper and his desire to open communication lines with an African American whose loaded rap name has sparked a desired personal connection.
Hip-hop History Sampling Hip-hop History
This work begins with an ongoing collection of over 60 songs by American rap artists that all contain the word “Vietnam”. The verses referencing Vietnam have been mixed into a sound piece, partly reminiscent of hip hop sampling, partly reminiscent of sound art, partly reminiscent of a music archive.
Proposals For A Vietnamese Landscape
A series of oil paintings that play on the traditional landscape paintings sold to tourists, but these are updated with the last few propaganda billboards, advertising and graffiti pieces from the first generation of graffiti artists in Viet Nam.
Into The Near Distant Future
These set of images, made in collaboration with Nguyen Huu Khanh Lien, are collaged from postcards purchased in Viet Nam. Nostalgic and idealized imagery of landscapes and happy people were cut and reconfigured to create confused images of tension and hidden turbulence – subject and context are pitted against eachother. The images are intended to [...]
While Dodging Fake Bullets In The Dark
This work consists of a series of three large scale paintings of halos created by bullet-hole stickers on enamel and three hand-drawn pencil portraits of non-violence advocators, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and The Dalai Lama hung on the using bullet-hole stickers.
Trying To Kill Me By Accident
This interactive video installation is a motorized crate that houses an interactive video. One side of the wooden sculpture has doors in which a viewer could enter the box, sit inside, and watch a video play on a small monitor. In order for the video/audio to play, two conditions must be met: 1. the doors [...]
Better Than Friends
This short documentary is an intricate and intimate portrait of Thoa and Lam’s relationship, their family, and the special business they’ve inherited. Amidst the hustle and bustle of a rapidly shifting Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, this young husband and wife team operate a modest home business: a dog meat butchery.
The Two Tuans
When Tuan talks to himself it’s a game of Russian roulette. Twenty-five years of an internalized and conflicted history intertwined with issues in urban violence explodes in a self-destructive dispute over “mommas”.
- Enemy’s Enemy: A Monument To A Monument
- Take Cover Take Care
- Letters From Saigon To Saigon
- Hip-hop History Sampling Hip-hop History
- Proposals For A Vietnamese Landscape
- Into The Near Distant Future
- While Dodging Fake Bullets In The Dark
- Trying To Kill Me By Accident
- Better Than Friends
- The Two Tuans