Vietnamese Immigrating Garden (No. 1), a fictional documentary video based on a research in Taiwan and presented in Documenta 15, Year: 2020- 2022, Duration: 13min 48sec, Editions: 1/3+1AP
All images courtesy of the artist
How can they adapt themselves to survive in a new environment? Why the smells and tastes of foods/drinks/traditional medicines from home vegetables and herbs are important to Vietnamese people? What are the journeys behind their stories to have immigrating plants? This project focuses on a dialogue between the ‘Food- Home’ relationship, and its impact on our mentality and our daily life.
photo credit @Felix Schmitt
Tuan Mami (Nguyen Anh Tuan)
b.1981, Live and work in Hanoi, Vietnam Website: Tuanmami.com
Founder of Á Space: http://aea.space/
Co-founder of Nha San Collective: http://www.nhasan.org/
Mami is an interdisciplinary-experimental artist, working with site-specific installation, video, performance and conceptual art, who constantly explores new mediums, means and methods of evolving with reflective questioning, and social research.
In recent years, he has begun to explore and observe the concept of how we are *human* on the move. Starting from 2014, Mami has been researching about moving communities in Vietnam and Vietnamese diasporas around the world. He has tried to observe what has happened in these communities, what has remained, appearing and disappearing culturally, mentally, politically in the attempt to adapt and survive in their new contexts.
His focus deals with questions about life, social interactions between people, and people with their environment, to re-construct situations into ones that engage people or objects from particular reality to enter and involve together in a social process.
Mami has held number of solo exhibitions such as: “Protest Against the Void”, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, 2013; “24Hours Tension”, PØST, Los Angeles, 2013; “In a Breath-Nothing Stands Still”: in Art Rotterdam 2016; Factory art space, Hochiminh 2018; Teratotera, Tokyo 2018...
He has also participated in many international exhibitions including: “The Clouds Will Tell”, Changwon Sculpture Biennale, S.Korea 2014; “Plastic Myths”, ACC Gwangju, S.Korea 2015; “Krisis”, Nottingham, UK 2016; “Documenting Change- Our Climate”, The –CU Art Museum, Colorado 2019; "Southeast Asia Performance Collection", The Haus Der Kunst, Munich 2019, “Co- Inspiration in Catastrophe”, MOCA Taipei, Taiwan ; “Matter of Art”, Prague Biennale, Czech Republic 2020; Documenta15, “Nhà Sàn Collective”, Kassel, 2022...