Tate St Ives Exhibition

Thao Nguyen Phan

still from a video artwork, showing a person sat in a dark room in front of a thin curtain of fabric

Thao Nguyen Phan First Rain, Brise Soleil (video still) 2021–ongoing. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Zink, Waldkirchen. Made with the support of the Han Nefkens Art Foun­dation and Tate St Ives

Discover artist Thao Nguyen Phan and her work reflecting on the Mekong River

Thao Nguyen Phan is internationally renowned for her poetic, multi-layered artworks which explore the historical and ecological issues facing her homeland Vietnam, while speaking to broader ideas around tradition, ideology, ritual and environmental change.

Phan’s mesmerising work intertwines mythology and folklore with urgent issues around industrialisation, food security and the environment. The threat posed by the destruction and excessive consumption of Earth’s resources is a recurring theme across her practice.

Through storytelling, and the mixing of official and unofficial histories, her work often amplifies narratives that are less well documented, or in some cases obscured.

This exhibition will bring together a selection of Phan’s videos, paintings and sculptures from the past five years, alongside new work exhibited for the first time. This includes First Rain, Brise Soleil (2021–ongoing), a major new multi-channel film commission, and an accompanying series of paintings.

This is Thao Nguyen Phan’s most extensive UK exhibition to date.

The production of First Rain, Brise Soleil is kindly supported by the Han Nefkens Foundation.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
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5 February – 2 May 2022

Supported by

The Thao Nguyen Phan Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Shane Akeroyd Jim Amberson

and Tate Members

With additional support from

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

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