Est. 2006 by Phunam Thuc Ha (b. 1974, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Ho Chi Minh City), and Matt Lucero (b. 1976, Upland, California)
Formed in 2006, the Propeller Group is a Ho Chi Minh City– and Los Angeles–based collective composed of artists Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, who collaborate on large-scale projects in new media, from videos to web-based applications, taking a special interest in mass communication. Acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection, Television Commercial for Communism (TVCC) (2011–12) is a video project that imagines a rebranding of communism in the post-Cold War era. In producing TVCC, the group explores historical and contemporary relationships between communism and capitalism, appropriating contemporary strategies of advertising and marketing. The Propeller Group has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Sàn Art and Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City (2012) and 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong (2012). Notable group exhibitions include The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); and Made in L.A., Los Angeles Biennial, Hammer Museum (2012).