Vietnamese Immigrating Garden (No. 2)

Editions: 1/3+1AP

Tuan Mami (Nguyen Anh Tuan)

Vietnamese Immigrating Garden (No. 2), a documentary video based on the process of building a Vietnamese Immigrating Garden in Germany for Documenta 15, Year: 2022 Duration: 15min 11sec, Editions: 1/3+1AP 
All images courtesy of the artist

To push the limitations of performance art, Tuan Mami has developed the "Performative Installation" that considers an art works as an environment, a platforms or a situation. As an extension of his study of history and society of Vietnamese immigrants, Mami intends to build an "Immigrated Garden" at Documenta in Kassel in creating a platform for the encounter between art and life. 

Immigrating Garden is based on researches about the Vietnamese immigrants in Germany. It is an expansion of research about Vietnamese immigration in different countries from Asia to Western Countries. The ongoing trans- geographic project aims to relearn our human’s migrating history by looking into Vietnamese immigration communities that consists of political refugees, imported laborers, economical seekers, students etc., people who left their homeland to relocate to a new place, new culture...

About the Artist

  • photo credit @Felix Schmitt

Tuan Mami (Nguyen Anh Tuan)
b.1981, Live and work in Hanoi, Vietnam Website: 
Founder of Á Space:
Co-founder of Nha San Collective: 

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...

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation