Don McCullin’s photographs of the Vietnam War - known as the American War in Vietnam - have greatly influenced memories of the conflict, especially in the West. This panel discussion considers how notions of Vietnam have been shaped by images of conflict, and the wider cultural and historical narratives that have been neglected. Contributors include artists Sung Tieu and Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, and art historian Mignon Nixon. The discussion is chaired by Richard Martin, Curator of Public Programmes, Tate.
This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn is an artist using archives and a broad range of media to investigate issues of historicity, collectivity, utopian politics and multiculturalism via feminist theories. Nguyễn completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, in 2011, having obtained her MFA and a post-graduate diploma in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, in 2005, and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2003. Born in Côte-des-Neiges, she is currently based in Stockholm.
Mignon Nixon is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and an editor of October. She joined the History of Art department at UCL in 2016 after twenty years teaching post-war American art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and following a term as the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge in autumn 2015. Her work focuses on interactions of art with feminism, gender and psychoanalysis and on questions of sexuality, peace and war. Her current book project is Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam.
Sung Tieu is a German-Vietnamese artist based in London. Her artistic practice spans multiple mediums, including sound installations, video, sculpture, photography, performance and public interventions. Drawing from her own experiences with migration, Tieu’s works often address topics such as cultural collision and displacement. Her recent works explore geographic displacement in relation to the psychology of sound, and theories of the hearing process. Tieu’s recent exhibitions and performances include Manggha Museum Krakow (2018), Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin (2018), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017, 2018).