Finest Artist Nominees: Trần Thảo Miên

Finest Artist Nominees: Trần Thảo Miên

Trần Thảo Miên

Years of birth: 1991

Field: Visual arts, design

About the artist: Trần Thảo Miên studied Surface Textiles at London College of Fashion. Since her graduation in 2013, she has been working in the fashion industry in UK and in Hanoi until 2017. Most of her works are created from materials discarded during fashion production. Her solo project ‘Leftover’ started in 2012, focusing on raising awareness on environmental prodction and fashion consumption habits while also inspiring people to creatively preserve, repair and utilize objects around them as well as their own thoughts, emotions, and relationships in their life. In May 2019, artworks in this project was selected by Ifa and Goethe-Institut Hanoi for the exhibition “Pure Gold”. As of current, she focuses on working with Phường Son, an artists’ collective who wants to create sustainable living spaces.

Remarkable activities/projects in 2020 – 2022: In 2020, Trần Thảo Miên, as part of Phường Son Collective (Trần Thảo Miên, Nguyễn Linh Chi, Trịnh Linh), won the 1st prize for their work Góc Tĩnh – Tại at Vietnam Design Week 2020. Miên is also a member of the project “Citizen Earth”, participated in the exhibition project with a series of artworks titled Holobiont, and hosted the workshop “Chỉ thừa, tay và kim: Sáng tạo từ rác thải thời trang” (Scrap threads, hands and needle: Get creative with fashion waste). In 2021, Trần Thảo Miên collaborated with the exhibition series Cosmic Wander: Expeditions in Berlin-Singapore, and started the work series “The Altar” during the Art Residency Program Phu Quoc United Centre in November 2011, which was featured in the Nổ Cái Bùm program in April 2022. In May 2022, Trần Thảo Miên collaborated with artist Moi Trần in the exhibition “Sign Chorus” at Old Soul Da Nang.

Leftover – various technique with fashion waste
1979 – Cosmic wander – 2021 – Tanz im Aug – Berlin
Passing Fancy – Phu Quoc United Center – 2021
The Altar – Phu Quoc – 2021
Gate300 – Van Mieu – 2022
The Altar – NoCaiBum – 2022

HANOI GRAPEVINE’s FINEST is an annual event that honors contemporary art projects in Vietnam. The event is organized and nominated by Hanoi Grapevine and the general audience.

The event aims to honor individuals, organizations, creative art projects & activities as well as artists who are 35 or younger who have made impacts on the community in order to encourage the development of local creative arts, to promote greater communication and to further spread the influence of art and culture in the community.

This year, HANOI GRAPEVINE’s FINEST especially obtains a unique mission called The Hanoi Grapevine’s Finest Pandemic to reflect and celebrate art activities that were held during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021).

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