Opening: Fri 16 Dec 2016, 6 pm
Exhibition: 16 Dec 2016 – 31 Jan 2017
With a pejorative connotation, in English the term “bananas” refers to a Asian-originated person who has broken the link with the cultural identity of his/her parents. The image of the banana highlights the fact of being “yellow on the outside and white on the inside”. In English, “bananas” refers to an unbalanced person, in other words, a madman. Like this fruit, the work of Trong Gia Nguyen needs to be dissected.
In this entertaining and interactive exhibition, Nguyen plays roots and stereotypes by proposing a question on the notion of his own “status”. Nguyen was born in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), raised in the United States from the age of 4 and has been living in Vietnam for twenty months. He looks like a “happy imbecile” who does not know how to be politically correct.
Nguyen proposes a conceptual approach that challenges the persistence of purists that identities are based on “race” and an arbitrary conception of the social strata.
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Translated by Hanoi Grapevine
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