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TUAN ANDREW NGUYEN, The Island, 2017, still from film: 42 min. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

A Voice from the Silence

Tuan Andrew Nguyen

An unexploded bomb left in a forest since the Vietnam War wonders at reincarnation. A child at the end of the world converses with a bodhisattva statue about god. Spirits of extinct animals debate the overthrow of humans. These characters populate the moving-image works of Tuan Andrew Nguyen. I caught up with the Ho Chi Minh City-based artist to discuss his recent projects, and how their complexly orchestrated polyphony uncovers hidden narratives, conflicts, and discursive modes of resistance

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