November 10, 2017

Tammy Nguyen: How to Breathe in Selected Tropics

Tammy Nguyen: How to Breathe in Selected Tropics
November 15–December 11, Flaxman Library Special Collections Exhibition Cases, Sharp Building, 5th floor 

How to Breathe in Selected Tropics is a visual novella by Tammy Nguyen. The novella takes the form of books, pamphlets, and works on paper organized in four boxes. Each box is a chapter in the novella: Cyclops, Hog, Fan, and Banana. This project is Nguyen’s reflection on her experience in the tropical places of Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii. Nguyen uses her memories as a starting point to explore the geopolitics of these locales, the history of US military involvement, and the transformation of these places into touristic “paradises” that are subservient to American soft power and the American myth-making machine. Through this fantasy fiction, Nguyen hopes to point at how today’s foreign policy in these regions is more contentious than ever. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Indochina Arts Partnership and the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection. Curated by Nhung Walsh. Sponsored by SAIC Office of Engagement.

Artist Talk: Tammy Nguyen
November 16, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Flaxman Special Collections Reading Room, Sharp Building, 508
Tammy Nguyen will give an artist talk on the occasion of her solo exhibition How to Breathe in Selected Tropics at the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection. 
Tammy Nguyen (b. 1984, San Francisco, CA) is a multimedia artist working with geopolitics, science, and lesser known histories.  She received a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2007 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2013. From 2007-08, Nguyen was a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam where she studied traditional lacquer painting. She has exhibited at the Leroy Neiman Center, San-Art, The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Carriage Barns Art Center, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Inside-Out Museum. In 2014, Nguyen was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill as well as inclusion in the Bronx AIM program. In 2015, she was selected for the Scholarship for Advanced Studies by The Center for Book Arts in New York City. Her work has been collected by Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art,  and the Museum of Modern Art.  In Fall 2016, Nguyen founded Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that brings the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and visual arts together to create politically nuanced projects.   
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