Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen
04 December 2017 – 31 January 2018
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn (b. 1979, Canada) is an artist based in Montreal and Stockholm. In her artistic practice, she mobilizes archival materials and a variety of mediums to investigate issues of historicity, collectivism, utopian politics, and multiculturalism within the framework of feminist theories revealing the political significance of apparently trivial historical anecdotes. She has participated to numerous group shows in North America and Europe. Her most recent solo shows include: Space Fiction & the Archives at MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada (2017); Black Atlas, Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); For An Epidemic Resistance, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Canada (2014). In 2010, she completed the Whitney Independent Study Program.
As part of her residency, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn will expand on The Archive as a Subject, a long-term project that positions photographs and other vernacular artefacts at the junction of the private and the public, as well as the personal and the political, raising complex global issues related to concepts of territory, migration, and identity. Looking at the traces of her own family’s history, she aims to explore the friction that is generated when such mundane items are appropriated by institutional narratives, especially when they are framed in different cultural contexts. While in Singapore, she intends to further her research looking specifically at the history of the refugee camp in Sembawang which housed Vietnamese refugees for twenty years.