Thao Nguyen Phan — Monsoon Melody
Wiels presents the largest exhibition to date of works by Thao Nguyen Phan, a Vietnamese artist born in 1987. Under the title Monsoon Melody, the exhibition presents three film installations: Tropical Siesta (2017), Mute Grain (2019) and Becoming Alluvium (2019). These are featured alongside paintings on different supports: from silk and lacquer paintings to watercolours on the printed pages of a book.
In her work, Phan draws from the rich and turbulent history of her native country, Vietnam. Her art transgresses a purely historical point of view to incorporate an interest in literature and language. Through storytelling, mixing official and unofficial history, it subtly reveals the forgotten and the forgettable while proposing an alternative present-day reality infused with beauty. Each film is accompanied by a series of paintings, whose fairy-tale imagery is undercut by the suggestion of violence.
This exhibition is the outcome of Phan winning the 2018 Han Nefkens Foundation – LOOP Video Art Award.