• Undergraduate

Tuan Andrew Nguyen

Visiting Faculty in Arts and Media Studies

Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Sai Gon, Viet Nam) is an artist and filmmaker working out of Saigon, Vietnam. Tuan graduated from the Fine Arts program at the University of California, Irvine in 1999 with a minor in digital arts and then went on to receive his Masters of Fine Arts from The California Institute of the Arts in 2004. He was a co-founder and board member of Sàn Art, an artist-initiated exhibition space and educational program in Sai Gon, Viet Nam. Tuan has shown in numerous film festivals, international exhibitions, has works in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Carré d’Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Tuan has received several awards in both film and arts, including an Art Matters grant in 2010. His work explores strategies of political resistance through rituals, the making of objects [both as testimony and as devotion], supernaturalism and the impact of mass media on these moments of resistance. In his continual attempts at reworking the power dynamics of public space and mass media in general, he founded The Propeller Group in 2006, an art collective who positions themselves between a fake advertising company and archeologists of hidden historical conundrums. Accolades for the collective include the main prize at the 2015 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and a Creative Capital award for their video project Television Commercial for Communism. The collective has been featured in numerous international exhibitions including The Ungovernables [2012 New Museum Triennial], Made In LA [2012 Los Angeles Biennial], Prospect 3 [New Orleans Triennial 2014], and the Venice Biennale 2015.