Artist Interviews

Artist Interviews

Watch original videos based on interviews with some of the artists featured in the No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia exhibition. Produced in collaboration with the subjects, the videos uncover ideas and processes related to works in the exhibition, and explore the artists’ training and background, inspirations and interests.


Tuan Andrew Nguyen discusses his sculptural response to the official monument commemorating Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức, who performed self-immolation in 1963 in protest of the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.


Describing three iterations of his baseball-bat sculpture that he produced in collaboration with an artisan in Huế, Tuan Andrew Nguyen comments on the Vietnamese tradition of wood carving and reflects on the expansionist military symbolism of American baseball.


The Propeller Group discusses the details of their collaboration with advertising firm TBWA and production company Rice Creative on the rebranding of communism, a project that culminated with the making of Television Commercial for Communism (TVCC).


The Propeller Group examines the branding of nations and ideologies via globalized mass media, reflecting on the construction of propaganda, the definition of communism, and the effect of context on any given campaign.


Tran Luong discusses the genesis and significance of his video Lap Lòe and performance piece Welts. In these works, a red scarf takes on shifting personal and political meanings.


Wah Nu and Tun Win Aung reflect on the influence of family on collaboration, and of community on their ongoing project to share art and art making in Myanmar's rural areas.


Wah Nu and Tun Win Aung discuss the use of personal and political archival footage in their video artworks.


Wah Nu and Tun Win Aung reveal one of their most important early creative inspirations, Po Po. A self-taught artist, Po Po moved from painting to sculpture, installation, and performance.