Tuan Mami

(b.1981, Hanoi) Apart from being a creator, Tuan Mami was Co-Founder of MAC-Hanoi (2012); Co-Founder and Art Director of Nha San Collective, Hanoi (2013-2015), and a Visiting Faculty lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013.

Tuan Mami has held number of solo shows including 22398 steps- 35 hours- 45 square meters- 35 Chinese’s Ink litters, Organhaus Art Space, China, 2010; What’s mom waiting for?, Hooyong arts center; S.Korea, 2011; Physicallity, Nha San Collective, Hanoi, 2013; Protest Against the Void, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, 2013; 24Hours Tension, PØST, Los Angeles, 2013. He has also participated in many group exhibitions including Hanoi-Berlin, Berlin, 2009; Beyond Pressure, Burma, 2010; Moved, mutated, disturbed identities, Casino Luxembourg/Shanghai, 2009-2010; Cross Road, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2011; Tokyo Story 2010, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, 2011; Skylines With Flying People, London/Hanoi, 2011-2012; Freedom is the Motorbike, Los Angeles, 2013; Changwon Sculpture Biennale, S.Korea, 2014; “Plastic Myths”, ACC, Gwangju, S. Korea, 2015.


Artist Statement

My art practice seeks to understand the substance of human being existence. It often presents juxtaposing views like two sides of a coin; one is response, which is often critical, to the present ordinary state of society, and the other is a personal suggestion to change that situation.

I utilize the concept of ‘social sculpture’ that deals with questions about life, meaning and social interactions between people, between human beings and their environment, and so construct situations to which I invite people from the public to enter and engage with me in a social process. “ Art is like a game” which transforms one thing into another whether it deals with a significant issue or a neglected one. It is the way of challenging and changing perception, to work with the fast changes around us in everyday life.

I explore new mediums and methods of expression toward meditative experimentations with installation, image, documentary video, and performance. My works are often a mix of interdisciplinary forms and re-constructional art concepts, to pursue questions about the relationship between reality and ideology, the definition of borders in our modern life which are created through geography, time, and intercultural/ social matters.