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Strange Agency, an MFA Thesis Exhibition by Van Tran Nguyen, Opens This Friday

April 26, 2017  by: Natalie Fleming

Van Tran Nguyen, Strange Agency, April 28-June 2, 2017

April 28 – June 2, 2017
Opening Reception, April 28th, from 5-8PM

Buffalo Arts Studio
Tri-Main Center
2495 Main Street, Suite 500

“No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much. Never have the consequences of their misunderstanding been so tragic.”
– Richard Nixon, No More Vietnams, 1985

MFA student Van Tran Nguyen was raised by the memory of war, experiencing a trickle-down-trauma. This trauma is a defining theme in Nguyen’s work, and as a result, she invests in researching the past. She searches for ways that the past burdens the present through pathways of gender and race. Her current work points out ways that Western institutions embody the tragedies that have been inflicted on her country, and redirects the gaze to subvert Western memory in Eastern spaces.