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28 Sep. 2021

Fogo Island Arts & Art Metropole present: Schools of Thought, an online talk by Minh Nguyen

Minh Nguyen

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Fogo Island Arts (FIA) and Art Metropole present Schools of Thought, a talk by Islands Writing Residency recipient and forthcoming artist-in-residence, Minh Nguyen. Schools of Thought will be the inaugural presentation in FIA’s Lost & Found Agency online talk series.

Though the latter half of the 20th century saw a shift from the object to idea in art across the globe, the dematerialization of art in socialist and “post-socialist” contexts reveal particular social tensions, including struggles against state power. Taking Vietnam—and the burst of experimental practices that followed the 1986 Đổi Mới “socialist-oriented market economy” reforms—as departure point, this talk examines the possibilities and limitations of conceptual art wielded as a covert form of free speech, in contexts where free speech’s recognizable forms have been suppressed. This talk also considers the influence of the communist imaginary, on artists responding to their countries’ communist heritage, and on avant-garde art movements more broadly.

Minh Nguyen is a writer, editor, and curator who focuses on decentered histories of conceptual, pedagogical, and cinematic arts; the communist imaginary in the avant-garde; uses of emergent technology as theme and material; and critical area studies of Asia. Currently Associate Arts Editor at Pioneer Works, Nguyen’s writing has appeared in Art in America, AQNB, Frieze, Momus, ArtAsiaPacific, and others. Formerly Curatorial Assistant for Conversations at the Edge, an experimental media program series at Gene Siskel Film Center, and Exhibit Specialist at Wing Luke Museum, she has also organized exhibitions and programs at Chicago Cultural Center, Northwest Film Forum, King Street Station, and SOIL Gallery. Nguyen holds an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Trần Minh Đức, Đếm Sao / Counting Stars - Văn Chung, choreographed performance at Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.

  1. Counting Stars - Văn Chung