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James Cohan Online | Tuan Andrew Nguyen: A Lotus in a Sea of Fire
February 28, 2020 - May 3, 2020
James Cohan is delighted to share A Lotus in a Sea of Fire, an exhibition of new work by Tuan Andrew Nguyen, in our online viewing room. Nguyen’s work explores the power of storytelling and the folklore traditions of diasporic communities. He extracts and re-works dominant, oftentimes colonial histories and supernaturalisms into imaginative vignettes.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
A Lotus in a Sea of Fire, 2019
Hand-carved gmelina wood
6 1/2 x 13 x 8 in.
16.5 x 33 x 20.3 cm
In the video below, the artist speaks about the exhibition and the making of his film The Boat People. This exhibition coincides with the launch of a new series of original videos that brings James Cohan’s artists, in their own words, directly to you.
‘There’s a way that spiritual practices, specifically in Vietnam, have been embedded with strategies of political resistance. Fire and self-immolation have been well known acts of political resistance where the spiritual and the political collide. Fire becomes a strong metaphor for freedom and liberation, spiritual and political. This is exemplified in Thich Quang Duc’s act of self-immolation. The image of this action has been burnt deeply into my own psyche. A collision between the spiritual and the political – the struggle for freedom.’
-Tuan Andrew Nguyen