b. 1963, Hanoi, Vietnam
Through painting, drawing, performance, installation, sculpture, and ceramics, Truong Tan challenges social convention and investigates themes of identity and freedom of expression. The Guggenheim acquired Truong’s What Do We Want (1993–94), a painting in which a male figure, his face shown in the profile, lies vulnerable and naked across the canvas, apparently crucified. A rope, symbolizing social and aesthetic stricture, is wrapped around the middle of the work. Truong has had solo exhibitions at Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi (2004 and 2005), and Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok (2010). Notable group exhibitions include Singapore Biennial (2008); Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Japan (2009); Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1991–2010, Singapore Art Museum (2011); and 8 Vietnamese Contemporary Artists, Bui Gallery, Hanoi (2012). Truong lives and works in Paris and Hanoi.