Artist Talk with Patricia Nguyen

Artist Talk with Patricia Nguyen

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Artist Talk Patricia Nguyen final

Thu 24 Jul 2014, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Nha San Studio

From Nhasan Collective:

You are invited to the artist talk with Patricia Nguyen! She will be presenting about her experience and knowledge in performance art.

Artist Statement

Patricia Nguyen’s work explores the precarious tension between life and death in the journey of migration, conjuring story through ritual and experimentation with natural and manufactured objects.

salt | water

Meditating on the precarity of life and death over the oceanic, salt | water weaves ritual and poetry as practices of conjuring memory. Through collection, extraction, filtering, and dispersion of salt water, I explore the tension between overwhelming abundance and scarcity. Juxtaposing the process of evaporating seawater to extract salt and cleansing rituals- my body becomes a site of where these tensions converge as the audience bears witness to divergent performances of oversaturation and extraction.

Past Performances

Titles and Brief Descriptions
• “Temporal Entanglements” is an experimental performance on memory and time. (This piece is piece is captured in photos 2-15).
• “Tro Ve | Return” (solo performance) explores storytelling and oral histories through embodied movement, voice, and water to conjure stories of remembering and places of possibilities. (This piece is captured in photos 16-23).
• “Tro Ve Nuoc: Between Home and Memory” investigates the poetics of water through the eyes of two Vietnamese American women in search of home in the diaspora. (performance collaboration) (This piece is captured in photos 26-36).

Language: English and Vietnamese

Free entrance.

Communication partner: Hanoi Grapevine

Nhà Sàn COLLECTIVE is not a museum, a gallery or an international culture institute where completed work are presented by established artists. Just like Nhà Sàn Studio before, it is a working studio to nurture where artists can create, collaborate, be given advices, critiques, and have chances to meet with international artists, curators. Works that are presented at open studio every month could be finished or not, but the process of developing idea and working to improve the quality of the art work for local artists is what Nhà Sàn COLLECTIVE focus on.
Nhà Sàn COLLECTIVE will have “Open Studio” every last Saturday of each month to show the artist’s process of working.
If you are interest and curious about experimental art, and want to have conversation with the working artists, please visit

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