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ART ATRIUM Diasporic Dialogues: Claiming Heritage + Vomit Girl 8 – 22 October 2022 WILLIAM YANG and MAI NGUUYEN-LONG Details below / go to: https://artatrium.com.au/upcoming-exhibitions/ 

TAASA: Diasporic Dialogues, Art Atrium TAASA EVENT 16th October: MEET THE ARTISTS William Yang and Mai Nguyen-Long www.taasa.org.au

TAASA EVENT: MEET THE ARTISTS WILLIAM YANG and MAI NGUYỄN-LONG at the Diasporic Dialogues Exhibition. WHEN: Sunday 16th October 2022, 2:30-4pm. WHERE: At ART ATRIUM, 12 Daniel St, Botany. COST: This is a FREE EVENT, with drinks courtesy of Art Atrium. HOW TO BOOK: Please book in advance for catering purposes by emailing Chris Manning at bookings@taasa.org.au NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME: Take this opportunity to meet your fellow TAASA members and members of the TAASA Committee.

Join two significant artists whose work has been impacted by their Asian heritage. William Yang (Claiming Heritage) and Mai Nguyen-Long (Vomit Girl) will each speak briefly about their work in the show and be available for questions.

WILLIAM YANG: Noted photographer William Yang has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. Born in North Queensland in 1943, in 1977 his first solo exhibition, Sydneyphiles, caused a sensation because of its frank depiction of the Sydney gay party scene. In the mid-eighties, Yang began to explore his Chinese heritage, which had been lost to him by his complete assimilation into the Australian way of life. His photographic themes expanded to include landscapes and the Chinese in Australia as well as his visits to China. In 1989, Yang began to perform monologues with slide projections. He has exhibited extensively across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, and won numerous awards and accolades. Major exhibitions of his work include The China Project (2009) at QAGOMA in Brisbane, and a significant survey exhibition William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen was held in 2021, also at QAGOMA in Brisbane.

MAI NGUYỄN-LONG: Born in Tasmania to a Vietnamese father and an Australian mother, Mai Nguyễn-Long grew up in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines; as an adult she lived in Australia, China, and Vietnam. This trajectory of experiences during times of social and political upheaval continue to shape Mai’s sense of belonging. Her interest in cultural heritage informed her early academic commitments including Asian Studies, Art History, and Museum Studies. Since 1996 Mai has exhibited across a range of mediums including painting, drawing, media, mixed media sculptures and installation. It was a residency in the Hanoi ceramics village of Bat Trang that introduced Mai to clay. She is now undertaking a PhD program with her thesis titled Vomit Girl Beyond Diasporic Trauma: Interconnecting Contemporary Art and Folkloric Practices in Vietnam. In 2022 Mai’s Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) and a newly commissioned Specimen (Permeate) were exhibited at the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. She lives and works in Dharawal country, Bulli.

IMAGE 1: William Yang, Police Sketch of the Murder (from My Uncle’s Murder Series), 2008, inkjet with text. Courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE 2: Mai Nguyen-Long, The Vomit Girl Project: Vigit-Worana-Doba, 2017-2022, Wollongong March 2022. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Silversalt.

Artist Profile Space – Sydney Contemporary

7 – 11 September 2022

2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist

I am over the moon to have been selected as a Finalist in the 2022 edition of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. A big thank you to the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Committee, the judges (Joan Ross, Jose Da Silva and Kon Gouriotis OAM) and the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf. Congrats to all the Finalists. Key dates: Artist Talks 15 & 16 October; Exhibition of Finalists: 12 October to 20 November

#woollahrasmallsculptureprize @woollahragallery

https://www.woollahragallery.com.au/whats-on/prizes

The 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: Still Present!

11 June – 18 September 2022

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Mai Nguyen-Long 2022 Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) 2022. The 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. KW Institute for Contemporary Art, located at Auguststraße 69 in Berlin-Mitte, Germany, Photo: David Horstman. Courtesy the artist and Art Atrium. Exhibition dates: 11 June – 18 September, 2022.
Mai Nguyễn-Long, Installationsansicht, 12. Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 11.6.–18.9.2022 Foto: Silke Briel; Mai Nguyễn-Long, Werke aus der Serie Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) [Kotzmädchen (Berlin Cluster)], 2022 Unglasierter und glasierter Lehm. Mai Nguyễn-Long, installation view, 12th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 11.6.–18.9.2022 Photo: Silke Briel; Mai Nguyễn-Long, works from the series Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster), 2022 Unglazed and glazed clay.
Mai Nguyễn-Long, Installationsansicht, 12. Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 11.6.–18.9.2022 Foto: Silke Briel; Mai Nguyễn-Long, Werke aus der Serie Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) [Kotzmädchen (Berlin Cluster)], 2022 Unglasierter und glasierter Lehm. Mai Nguyễn-Long, installation view, 12th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 11.6.–18.9.2022 Photo: Silke Briel; Mai Nguyễn-Long, works from the series Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster), 2022 Unglazed and glazed clay.

I am incredibly excited and honoured to have been selected to participate in the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art curated by Kader Attia https://12.berlinbiennale.de/…/artists-of-the-12th…/.

One of my two artworks included in Still Present!, the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art – this one is titled Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) 2022. Venue: KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin. See also Artist Profile Issue 59 article by Đỗ Tường Linh titled If You Could Not Say.

Mai Nguyen-Long 2022 Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster). 12th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Photo credit: Stuart Horstman. Courtesy the artist and Art Atrium.
Mai Nguyễn-Long, Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster), 2022, installation view, 12th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Courtesy: the artist and Berlin Biennale; photograph: Silke Briel
Mai Nguyen-Long selected naked clay sculptures from Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) 2022

The second artwork I’ve contributed to the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is titled Specimen (Permeate) 2022, informed by repurposed domestic jars, organic matter, and personal effects collected over several decades and from Berlin where I re/made the work after months of exploratory conversation Berlin Biennale curator Kader Attia and team.

Special thanks to Kader Attia, Đỗ Tường Linh from the Berlin Biennale Artistic Team, and Assistant Curator Marie-Sophie Dorsch – and to Gina Fairley who curated the first iteration of this Specimen artwork as part of my Beyogmos solo show at Wollongong Art Gallery in 2014.

#artatrium#berlinbiennale12#stillpresent!

Mai Nguyen-Long 2022 Specimen (Permeate). Photo: David Horstman. Courtesy the artist and Art Atrium.
Mai Nguyễn-Long, ‘Specimen (Permeate)’, 2022, used glass household jars, found objects, organic matter, installation view, 12th Berlin Biennale, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg. Photo: Photo: dotgain.info; courtesy Berlin Biennale
Mai Nguyen-Long 2022 Specimen (Permeate). Photo: David Horstman. Courtesy the artist and Art Atrium.

ARTIST PROFILE article If You Could Not Say by Đỗ Tường Linh

www.artistprofile.com.au

Article by Đỗ Tường Linh titled If You Could Not Say, pages 112-117 Artist Profile Issue 59.

Text Excerpt from Artist Profile social media feed:

“For Nguyễn-Long, ‘the recurring vomit motif came from a sense of being erased: having no identity, language, or voice to speak with. There is overwhelming sadness and confusion about how to bridge the dense chasm of exclusionary narratives, misunderstandings, discrimination, rejection, and shame.’ Regardless of this violent and traumatic process, Nguyễn-Long has never stopped finding ways to reconnect with Vietnam and (re)study language . . .”

In our new issue, Đỗ Tường Linh shares an essay on Mai Nguyễn-Long, as she prepares to exhibit at the 12th Berlin Biennale this month. Saskia Wilson’s exclusive portraits of Nguyễn-Long in her studio accompany the essay, which explores the artist’s new and historical works, the significance of clay as a “grounding” material, and the subtle humour of the “Vomit Girl” series.

Find the new issue on news stands, in gallery shops, book stores, and art supply shops now. You can also order it for delivery as part oil subscription packages today at the link in bio.

IMAGE: Mai Nguyễn-Long photographed by Saskia Wilson for Artist Profile, 2022

#art#artistsupport#artistsoninstagram#artistinspiration#berlin#berlinbiennale#artistprofile”

Cover of Artist Profile issue no. 59

MEDIA SAMPLES Berlin Biennale 12:

ARTNEWS

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/news/2022-berlin-biennale-best-artworks-1234631629/?fbclid=IwAR3IqXvkjmbI3x4upwLWbbAABRDTjLRqkHh9cGBZ1gxvqtvgeZF6wC16cnw

7 Standout Works at the 2022 Berlin Biennale, From ‘Vomit Girl’ Sculptures to Videos Reflecting on the Vietnamese Diaspora

By Emily Watlington, Associate Editor, Art in America, 13 June 2022

Text Excerpt:

“On the top floor at KW, a cluster of ceramic sculptures depicts different versions of Vomit Girl—a character developed by the Australia-based artist Mai Nguyễn-Long. Each of the feminine figures, with shapes and motifs inspired by traditional Vietnamese architecture, are regurgitating, and little coils and balls suggesting vomit are placed playfully about the plinth. For the artist, the character is a way to grapple with the trauma of the Vietnam War. She says that her vomit motif came from “a sense of being erased: having no identity, language, or voice to speak with.” The series stands out from other works in the show by focusing on the emotional aspects of war and imperalism in a playful yet still incisive manner—elsewhere, didacticism and fact-oriented approaches dominate.”

NEW YORK TIMES

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/22/arts/design/berlin-biennale-review.html?fbclid=IwAR1B1oHnc2u4qkP0R45B6mrEIUyGN5uZ61aCKOeAYcdIYtdl9si4W3VbSj4&smid=fb-share
ART REVIEW
Berlin Biennale Wrestles With Big Issues (and Itself)
A powerful and relentlessly political exhibition takes on all the world’s crises — at the risk of conceptual overload.
By Siddhartha Mitter
July 22, 2022Updated 1:33 p.m. ET

LE MONDE

https://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2022/07/16/a-berlin-la-biennale-rouvre-les-plaies-du-passe_6135015_3246.html

ARTNET

Artist and Curator Kader Attia’s Relentlessly Grim Berlin Biennale Forces Audiences to Confront the Ills of Capitalism

The 12th Berlin Biennale opens to the public June 11.

June 10, 2022 Kate Brown

ARTREVIEW

https://artreview.com/12th-berlin-biennale-review-kader-attia-broadside-against-global-iniquity/?fbclid=IwAR2PlFisDSnn7pi6Mp22fLEmRoyONgcbSXcgvafDrgX8EuivGkQyXY-wnSI

12th Berlin Biennale Review – Kader Attia’s Broadside Against Global Iniquity

14 June 2022 Martine Herbert

FRIEZE

https://www.frieze.com/article/12th-berlin-biennale-still-present-2022-review?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article&fbclid=IwAR3_hNvfpi33Su_FBokENvhq_H0oQ-p-3NJIwmAjvDyfMnI7fRecq0x_Vz0

‘Like Dining on Sawdust’

16 JUN 22 Rahel Aima is a writer and editor based in Dubai. UE Reviews.

Text Excerpt:

“Also of note are Mai Nguyễn-Long’s delightful Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) (2022), clay sculptures inspired by Vietnamese Dinh architecture, and her unnerving installation of doll parts and plants in jars that recall specimens of Agent Orange-affected organs and foetuses (Specimen, 2014).“

MORGENPOST

https://www.morgenpost.de/kultur/article235577677/Berlin-Biennale-Reflexionen-ueber-die-bedrohte-Welt.html

06/09/2022, 19:19 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Felix Mueller

KUNSTKRITIKK

Nordic Art Review

Free the Synapses!

27.06.22 Nicholas Norton

Text Excerpt:

“Specimen (2014) by Mai Nguyen-Long comprises a shelf filled with laboratory glassware containing doll parts and replicas of tissue samples and mutated organs. A visceral illustration of the consequences of the United States’ use of chemical weapons (Agent Orange) during the Vietnam War, but in the context of the exhibition it can be linked more generally to weapons that strike arbitrarily and inflict damage over generations.”

MYARTGUIDES

https://myartguides.com/…/mai-nguyen-long-vomit-girl/

“Mai Nguyễn-Long: Vomit Girl

On the occasion of the 12th Berlin Biennale, the Vietnamese artist Mai Nguyễn-Long presents Vomit Girls.

COBO SOCIAL

ARTNEWSPORTAL

https://www.artnewsportal.com/art-news/australian-artist-mai-nguyen-long-shines-at-2022-berlin-biennale

Australian Artist Mai Nguyen-Long shines at 2022 Berlin Biennale

Heath | 24-Jun-2022

From Bulli to Berlin, Australian artist Mai Nguyen-Long takes her intriguing contemporary work to the international art stage.

Text Excerpt:

“Navigating life and the art world as an Australian/Vietnamese woman, Mai’s narrative explores layered complexities of identity, cultural dis/connection, the deeply personal, psychological, emotional, ritual and spiritual. Nguyen-Long has recently reconnected with her Vietnamese heritage and its rich cultural traditions aligning language, research and ceramic making to inform her new work and current PhD studies.”

NEO2

Berlin Art Biennale 2022: ‘Still Present!’

Text: Maria Muñoz | June 14, 2022

BERLIN BIENNALE CATALOGUE

“Mai Nguyễn-Long lives and works in Bulli, Dharawal Country, AU
 
Born in Tasmania to a Vietnamese father and an Australian mother, Mai Nguyễn-Long grew up in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines; as an adult she has lived in Australia, China, and Vietnam. This trajectory of migration during times of social and political upheaval has allowed Nguyễn-Long to make sense of her identity, history, and cultural heritage.

For the 12th Berlin Biennale, the artist presents two bodies of work: VOMIT GIRL (BERLIN CLUSTER) and SPECIMEN (PERMEATE) (both 2022). With VOMIT GIRL (BERLIN CLUSTER), Nguyễn-Long grapples with the historical trauma of the Vietnam War and the mental division it created between North and South, both of which form part of the artist’s hybrid identity. For Nguyễn-Long, “the recurring vomit motif came from a sense of being erased: having no identity, language, or voice to speak with. There is overwhelming sadness and confusion about how to bridge the dense chasm of exclusionary narratives, misunderstandings, discrimination, rejection, and shame.” Inspired by the rustic aesthetics (MỘC MẠC) and playfulness of traditional Vietnamese ĐÌNH architecture, Nguyễn-Long has experimented with clay to create the various manifestations of VOMIT GIRL (BERLIN CLUSTER). This work is a powerful symbol of resistance as well as a ritual summoning of spirits from the beyond. SPECIMEN (PERMEATE) eerily recalls images of fetuses and organs labeled and stored in glass hospital jars. Both works evoke the Agent Orange disaster that continues to haunt thousands of lives. Nguyễn-Long’s works are a potent reminder of this horrific crime that was nearly forgotten even in Vietnam, where the fast pace of capitalism has eclipsed historical memory.

Đỗ Tường Linh”

Text from pages 120-121 of the12th Biennale for Contemporary Art catalogue. Exhibition dates 11 June – 18 September 2022 curated by Kader Attia.

SUPPORT

My participation in this project has been made possible by the generous support of the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

This page last updated 1 July 2022.

For related updates go to: Instagram @mainguyenlong and ‘Mai Nguyen-Long’ on Facebook.

THE VOMIT GIRL PROJECT: VIGIT-WORANA-DOBA 2017-2022

DOCTORAL EXHIBITION UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG

Photo credit: Martin Fox. Go to The Vomit Girl Project for more info.

We are all that is vile, and all
That grace. At the arcane hub
Of each rising vortex: Nothing really is.

Then nothing ever is not…

Đỗ Mỹ Thiện [Thien Do/Đỗ Thiện], Into the Caldera, Tweed Valley Winter 2014, courtesy Maree Do, 29 December 2021, poem (excerpt).

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Happy Tet drawing 2022

ART ATRIUM SUMMER SOJOURN 2021

Mai Nguyen-Long in Conversation with Adam Porter
Mai Nguyen-Long and Adam Porter Dwelling on the Outside

http://www.4a.com.au/dwelling-outside/

Very excited to have my article Connectivity, Fusion, Revival: Tet Stories and Motifs (pages 4-6) published in the latest issue of TAASA Review, The Asian Arts Society of Australia. Thank you TAASA! Snapshot of TAASA Review cover image and table of contents. Refer to TAASA website for more details:

Talking to the Buffalo 2021 Mai Nguyen-Long

Dong Ho Inspired Printmaking Activity + Introductory Display of Dong Ho Prints. Conceived by Mai Nguyen-Long. Facilitated with assistance from Felix Long, Jasmin Lockwood, and Stuart Horstman. Supported by Sydney Lunar Festival 2020; Vietnam Centre Australia Chapter affiliated project. Special thanks to Hanh Nguyen, Linh Ngoc Le of VNC and Mai Nguyen of INGO. Photos taken by Nguyen Kim Long:

ART ATRIUM NEWS: December 2019 I was lucky to be invited to exhibit with Art Atrium’s Summer Sojourn group show, celebrating the gallery’s tenth anniversary in their grand new Botany address. I got a good vibe from the gallery and family of artists represented, so am very happy to announce that I too am now represented by Art Atrium. I’ve chosen a photo by William Yang for the website profile – William is also represented by Art Atrium (I am in good company😊). Thank you for your support Simon Chan, I’m excited to be starting a new relationship! 11.03.2020 https://artatrium.com.au/ 

Thank you Artist Profile and Kon Gouriotis – it was fabulous working with you;

and many thanks to William Yang for the photo!

Have some fun printing these images from blocks I’ve carved, choosing from a range of coloured paper FREE courtesy Sydney Lunar Festival: one of the activities on offer at my street stall. Happy Tet and Happy Lunar New Year everyone! #SydneyLunarFestival #VietnamCentre #ArtAtrium https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/dong-ho-vietnam-inspired-printmaking-activity

Assistants Fe & Jas helping me prepare for the Dong Ho Vietnam Inspired Printmaking Activity

ALSO CHECK OUT:

VG Mai Nguyen-Long 2015, photo courtesy Glenn Locklee, Art Atrium group show 2019 artatrium.com.au

Mai Nguyen-Long: my Mis/alignment painting printed across 16 banners Crown Street Mall Wollongong installed May 2017; The inaugural City Centre Mall Banner Exhibition thanks to Wollongong City Council’s City Centre Activation team and Wollongong Art Gallery


still from my animation currently on display at Wollongong Art Gallery: Beyogmos, Mai Nguyen-Long 2014, HDV digital stills, stop animation, 05:11:00, charcoal drawing: Mai Nguyen-Long; Animation editor: Stuart Horstman; Music: “Diem Xua” by Trinh Cong Son, sung by Khanh Ly


Mai Nguyen-Long 1998 Innersphere (AA16) oil on canvas 186 x 152 cm


Cohabitation 2015 stoneware


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25th April 2016 pen drawing Mai Nguyen-Long

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True Blue Doggie Morph 2010 papier mache, mixed media Mai Nguyen-Long

Aqua Mutt: an Installation with Dag Girl (2007 Mai Nguyen-Long) Casula Powerhouse collection

Aqua Mutt: an Installation with Dag Girl (2007 Mai Nguyen-Long) Casula Powerhouse collection


Note: this website is indicative only; 
not a fully comprehensive record 

Copyright All material on this site is copyright of Mai Nguyen-Long unless otherwise stated.  All other images/photographs are the property of their respective author/s and may not be used without permission.

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3 Responses to Home

  1. Kon says:

    Dear Mai

    I would like see more of your ceramic work after the NAS workshop.

    Can’t wait.

    Kon

  2. Natalie West says:

    Hello, I was shopping today at High Point and saw a sign showing your dog art.
    I would like to talk to you about it with a view to stocking some items please?
    Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

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