Nha San Collective

13 Sep 2019

​Exhibition Archive in Residence “Southeast Asia Performance Collection”, with Nha San Collective artist Tuan Mami, at Haus der Kunst Munich, has been happening from June 27, 2019 and will be opened until September 29, 2019. 

The exhibition features works selected from the collection by by Amy Sanford, Le Brothers (Hai Duc Le and Thanh Ngoc Le), Tuan Mami, Racquel D Cruz, 
Jef Carnay, Mideo M Cruz and New World Order, Judy Freya Sibayan, Nicholas Tee, Lee Wen, Kanitha Tith and Sareth Svay - that extricate three interlinked themes of “publicness”, identity and engaging with the “archive”.

The exhibition is curated by Eva Bentcheva, Annie Jael Kwan and Damian Lentini in consultation with Sabine Brantl (curator of the Archive in Residence series).

The Southeast Asia Performance Collection was launched in 2017 by Live Art Development Agency in London. The collection was made possible by the generosity and labour of many people: Alessandra Cianetti (Something Human co-director 2014-2017), Yun Teng Seet, Eva Bentcheva (director of Batubalani), Dana Langlois, Bruce Quek, Java Arts, Independent Archive Singapore, Sangker Battambang, Dia Art Projects, Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Nha San Collective, Reaksmey Yean, Phare Selpak Ponleu, Sa Sa Art Projects
Đỗ Tường Linh, Six Space, New Space Arts Foundation and Studio Revolt. With the support of Arts Council England, ACE - Artists International Development Fund, and National Arts Council Singapore.

With thanks to Jia Qi Quek for designing the first edition of the Southeast Asia Performance Collection Study Guide, and also the following scholars for their contributing articles and research in the field: Thomas Berghuis, Pamela Corey, Wulan Dirgantoro, Ho Rui An, Nathalie Johnston, Koh Nguang How, Roger Nelson, Eileen Legaspi Ramirez, Judy Freya Sibayan, Nora Taylor, Lyno Vuth, and to the editorial team and contributors of Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art.

Tuan Mami at Archive in Residence “Southeast Asia Performance Collection”

13 Sep 2019

"​In âm sáng, Huy An finds inspiration in the rich folk and religious traditions of Northern Vietnam –scavenging relics, curiosities and memories from temple sites, theatres and distinguished actors. Once collected, these items are subtly manipulated and re-appropriated by the artist, drawing out reflections on the threads that run between the reality of today and the cultural heritage of epic mythologies and sacred

Exhibition Dates: June 13 - July 27, 2019

Venue: Galerie Quynh, 118 Nguyễn Văn Thủ, Đakao, Quận 1, Tp Hồ Chí Minh

For more information:

Âm Sáng at Gallery Quynh | An Exhibition by Huy An

16 Jul 2019

​Nha San Artist Phuong Linh and Tuan Mami’s appearance at District Berlin with Trung Mu - White Mist in Foreign Country curtained on June 2 2019. The exhibition was curated by Suza Husse.

Julianne Cordray wrote about the show, published on The Seen Journal.

You can read the article at http://theseenjournal.org/art-seen-international/trung-mu-white-mist/

​‘In this space, hands, whether human or artificial, materialize the presence of otherwise barely visible, or wholly invisible, bodies—particularly those engaged in service work. The repetitive image, in deliberately posed gestures, articulates and solidifies the body’s tactility. Its omnipresence also comes to invoke the so-called “invisible hand” of capitalism—or the capital machine itself—as the system in which the nail industry, its materials and power structures, is embedded’. 

Phuong Linh on The Seen Journal

19 Jun 2019

Artist Nguyen Quoc Thanh, Nha San co-founder, is presenting Queer Perspectives on the Contemporary Art Scene in Vietnam at Meet Over Lunch (Residency Unlimited), New York.

The program takes place on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Nguyen Quoc Thanh and curator Bartek Remisko will have a conversation about queer culture in Vietnam, Nha San Collective, and his project Queer Forever! (the first queer art festival in Hanoi).

For more information:

Nguyen Quoc Thanh at Residency Unlimited

21 Apr 2019

​Nha San Collective artist Nguyen Phuong Linh and Tuan Mami will show their works at Caring for Conflict, curated by Suza Husse, in 18/04/2019 — 02/06/2019.
Trùng Mù – White Mist in Foreign Country / NAILS*hacks*facts*fictions takes place in an intersectional art and education project initiated by District Berlin and Institute for Queer Theory, funded by Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung and ifa.

Nguyen Phuong Linh and Tuan Mami at Caring for Conflict

25 Mar 2019

Inspired by the quote: "Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one." - Martin Heidegger - the artists have been challenging themselves by taking the anonymous adventure of 14 months to self-discussing, self-questioning and working. The aim is to leave their own identities and personalities in order to be able to reach the core of creation.

If you are interested in these anonymous artists, who are they, what reason do they choose to appear like that, and what do they feel in this non-identity adventure, come and discuss with them.


25 Mar 2019

​From February 23rd to April 23rd 2019 MoT+++ will host a sound installation from the artist Phùng Tiến Sơn featuring his artwork Soundtracks. the work builds on the artist’s history as a musical composer, as well as his interest in technology thanks to its use of commonly found and customised software. through the digital manipulation of sound, the artist forms a space for quiet reflection from his audience, leaving them to contemplate, among other things, the overarching sense of futility with which the work engages.

Soundtracks | Ký Âm, a sound installation by Phùng Tiến Sơn at Mot+++

24 Feb 2019

​Four acclaimed video artists, Tuan Mami, UuDam Tran Nguyen, Tuan Andrew and Khvay Samnang are traveling to the University of Colorado Boulder to take part in an immersive art program—in the hopes of taking a cross-disciplinary look at environmental issues.

Tuan Mami's 30 minutes video work 'In One's Breath - Nothing Stands Still' in "Documenting Change: Our Climate"  looks at how artists represent data and visual evidence associated with climate change.

March 21, Artist Tuan Mami will screen his film at 6:30 p.m. in VAC 1B20 CU Art Museum, to be followed by a conversation with Cohen and the public.

Tuan Mami at Urgent Elements: Eco-video from Southeast Asia

07 Dec 2018

462 Đường Bưởi. Ngõ 6 Vĩnh Phúc. 657 Hoàng Hoa Thám. These are addresses—‘address,’ by definition, meaning a collection of descriptive information that locates a house, a structure or an expanse of land. Information that identifies. Might this identified position be scattered across multiple addresses or might it be an incompleteness to somehow be precisely pinpointed? Like Nhà Sàn, for instance? Could it be a schizophrenic place, viewed from within and outside? Could it be a generous place that accepts multiple namings, seemingly incomplete when judged by certain standards or expectations? Or could it simply be a place that has lived long enough? These different addresses, serving as a collection of clues, along with the searches and approaches they contain are deeply contingent on negotiations between various positions—positions occupied by art practitioners such as artists and curators, as well as positions of the artworks themselves, viewed spatially and temporally from plural vantage points.

Curators: Trương Quế Chi, Trần Duy Hưng, Nguyễn Hoàng Quyên, Lê Thuận Uyên

Artists: Banana Phone Ensemble (re-interpreting the sound work of Nguyễn Văn Cường), Phạm Ngọc Dương, Nguyễn Mạnh Đức, Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, Nguyễn Đức Huy, Phương Linh, Nguyễn Trần Nam, Kim Ngọc, Nguyễn Minh Phước, Sơn X, Lê Xuân Tiến, Veronika Radulovic

Launch of a zine on artist Lê Vũ by curator Lê Thuận Uyên

Opening: 6.30pm Saturday 15.12.2018

Exhibition on view through to 28.12.2018

2.00pm - 6.00pm daily from Wednesday to Sunday

Address: Nhà Sàn Studio, Alley 462 Đường Bưởi, or Alley 6 Vĩnh Phúc, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội

We would like to thank the following for their generous support:

Nguyễn Huy An

Andrea Fam

Nguyễn Mạnh Đức

Mẹ Lương

Phương Linh

Phan Thảo Nguyên

Nguyễn Phương Thảo

Thanks to our volunteers

This project has received generous support from:

British Council in Vietnam, Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF), Japan Foundation, Prince Claus


Á Space, Đom Đóm, Hanoi Grapevine, Queer Forever!

​Exhibition 462 ĐƯỜNG BƯỞI

07 Dec 2018

Dear friends, we are pleased to invite you to IN : ACT, a part of our 20 anniversary program,

time: 6.30pm Friday, 14.12.2018

address: Nhà Sàn Studio, Alley 462 Đường Bưởi, or Alley 6 Vĩnh Phúc, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội

If one or more significant practices exist among generations of Nha San artists, performance art has always had its place. If we are to imagine this practice of performance art as something tangible then that gives the impression of something passed down through generations, in their own distinctive communication signals.

Curator: Vũ Đức Toàn

Artists: Nguyễn Hữu Hải Duy, Lại Thị Diệu Hà, Lem TragNguyen, Vũ Hồng Ninh, Phụ Lục, Nguyễn Đình Phương, Seiji Shimoda, Síu Phạm, Phan Đông Thái & Nguyễn Quốc Thành

In : Act also launches a series of interviews conducted with various performance artists by Bill Nguyễn, Gabby Miller, Phương Linh, Đỗ Tường Linh and Vũ Đức Toàn. A catalogue consisting of discussions with Lại Thị Diệu Hà, Phụ Lục, Kim Ngọc, Seiji Shimoda, Trương Tân, Nguyễn Thuỷ Tiên, Nguyễn Quốc Thành, Tuấn Mami will be out in March 2019

About artists and curators

Nguyễn Hữu Hải Duy

Nguyen Huu Hai Duy was born in Hanoi. He started his experiences with artistic practices initially through observation. Aside from that, he spends most of his time wondering around, taking note, and archiving into his mind the frivolous and incomprehensible phenomenon.

Lại Thị Diệu Hà

Ha graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts University in 2005. Her art is unique, obsessive and multi-faceted. At first she specialized in performance art: performing the inner self, the urgency of finding self’s origin and everything it clashed into. She usually used her body for experiment and practice, as a test and a question of which answers are but confusions. Developing the media to now encompass photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and video, Dieu Ha still employs the psychological blurriness to form and articulate her artistic voice. Her last notable exhibitions include ’Psychodrama Therapy’ , Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Chicago, USA, 2014; ‘Mind, Flesh, Matter . Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, 2014. In 2015 Dieu Ha hold the first solo show ‘Conservation of vitality’ with Cuc Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

Source: Sàn Art

Vũ Hồng Ninh

Born 1982, lives and works in Hanoi, and Hoà Bình. He graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts and started to exhibit his works shortly afterwards. He works across multiple disciplines to call attention to the deficiencies in human behaviour. Vu Hong Ninh participated in the 4th Singapore Biennale 2013; Lim Dim, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway (2009); and continues to exhibit his work throughout Vietnam, Japan, and Europe.

Phụ Lục/ The Appendix

Founded in 2010 by six artists, the Hanoi-based performance art group The Appendix (Nhóm Phụ Lục) is currently made up of four members: Nguyễn Huy An, Vũ Đức Toàn, Nguyễn Song, and Ngô Thành Bắc. Using allegorical everyday objects as props, the group performs in a durational, repetitive and at times nonsensical manner in abstractly staged settings, in order to address social issues, or each member’s personal concerns. The Appendix Group has participated in various local and international performance art events such as Skylines with Flying People 2 in Hà Nội, as well as performance art festivals in Vietnam, South Korea, and Singapore.

Nguyễn Đình Phương

Nguyen Dinh Phuong (1989. Born in Moc Chau) graduated from Vietnam University of Fine arts in 2016. Phuong is known for his long and consistent durational performance works. In 2012 - 2013 he stayed in a tent and continued to move to different locations inside the city and the countryside, and to remote, mountainous areas. During this experiment, he encountered countryside people, as well as other homeless people, vendors, police, and had interesting stories with them. After studies, he moved to his hometown which is in a the mountainous area of Northeast Vietnam and continued to experiment with different spaces and his body. In 2017 he did a series of performance in rural areas, which questioned his body movement in relation to the change of spatial perception and understanding, and making of the world.

Seiji Shimoda

Born in Nagano, Japan in 1953, Seiji Shimoda is a poet and artist, as well as executive director of NIPAF (Nippon International Performance Art Festival) which he founded in 1993. NIPAF has since contributed greatly to the development of performance art and to the  formation of a network of performance artists in Asia. Seiji Shimoda has also been working as a part-time lecturer at Musashino Art University (Tokyo, since 2000) and Keio University (Tokyo, since 2015). Since 2004 he has been a permanent final jury member of Chinese Performance Art Document at Macau Museum of Art.


studied Philosophy at Saigon, History of Art and Drama Conservatory at Geneva.

Fiction Films

- «Here... or There? », 2010,

Busan International Film Festival 2011, Osaka Asian FF, CPH Pix Copenhagen, Hanoi IFF.

- «Homostratus », Nov. 2013

. Award of «Best Unique Vision», Queens World Film Festival, New York, 2014,

. Nominated Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing: AIFFA 2015, etc.

- “On the Endless Road”, August 2016, CPH Pix Copenhagen 2016, World FF in Montreal, Poetic Cinema Award at Queens World FF, New York. Etc.

Documentary Film

«Saigon´s Blues», 2000

« The Script of Udaipur », 2004,  

“Swallow an Angel” 2005

“Fog on the Summit” 2012-14, South Asia Taiwan


«Other side of a dream»,

Award of SSA for Scriptwriter,

Festival International de Film Locarno, 2002

Vũ Đức Toàn

Born in 1982. Lives and works Ha Noi, Vietnam. Vu Duc Toan graduated from Vietnam Fine Art University in 2007. In 2010 Toan co-founded Appendix, a performance collective with 5 other artist friends. He participated in various exhibitions, performance art festival in Vietnam and countries in Asia, such as Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Singapore.

Lem TragNguyen

Lem TragNguyen is a visual artist, born in Germany and grown up with the intertwined state of the eastern - western spectacle cultures. Lem does not limit herself to any particular form of art, for her making art is the space in which she makes her own discoveries in the course of the creative process, which is characterized simultaneously by action and experimentation; creates essential means to materialize ideas; It contains the potential of both absolute reality and of being the simulacrum of one’s imagination.

Phan Đông Thái & Nguyễn Quốc Thành

Phan Đông Thái và Nguyễn Quốc Thành lives and works in Hanoi. Thái is an engineer, while Thành is a co-founding member of Nhà Sàn Collective, and founder and director of Queer Forever!. The duo has started to make performance together since 2016, with an intention to explore issues of intimacy and togetherness.

We would like to thank the following for their generous support: Andrea Fam, Nguyễn Huy An, Nguyễn Mạnh Đức, Phương Linh, Mẹ Lương, Phan Thảo Nguyên, Nguyễn Phương Thảo.

Thanks to our volunteers.

This project has received generous support from British Council in Vietnam, Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF), Japan Foundation, Prince Claus

Partners: Á Space, Đom Đóm, Hanoi Grapevine, Queer Forever!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

20+ Party IN : ACT

03 Dec 2018

Dear friends, we are pleased to invite you to Emerging Artists 6 party #AMAZING #SICK, a part of our 20th anniversary program.

Time: 6.30pm, Saturday 08.12.2018

Address: Nhà Sàn Studio, Alley 462 Đường Bưởi, or Alley 6 Vĩnh Phúc, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội

Curator: Tuấn Mami

Assistant curator: Dinh Thao Linh

Project Coordinator: Vũ Đức Toàn

Artists: Cấn Văn Ân, Lê Đình Chung, Đặng Thuỳ Anh, Flinh, Hạnh Hano, Lê Xuân Tiến, Lê Tuyết Trinh


#AMAZING #SICK is the artist’s journey of conquering the nothingness - The sensitivity of pure instinctive insight into the chaotic world which is full of irrationality and contradictory.

The notion of [conquering / invading] - is probably an inevitable phrase in art or in human movement. With the artist, they are always on the quest for what is ‘going on’, what is ‘undefined’ or ‘unrecognized’, in order to reach the hypothesied world where it can interpret ‘the Reality’ in a more unifying and preciser view. The collation on the vestiges of human beings has made the artist not only aware of his/her distinctive nature but also aware of the origin and process of movement between that micro individual with the macro one.

In the #AMAZING #SICK, young artists seem to go into their own 'nihilistic instincts', looking for things that are 'unidentified' or 'unformable' – maybe, to conquer it? to find different interpretations of the meaning of the inseparable relation of Material-Time-Space that humans have been Making up – Using – Invading?

Emerging Artists 6 party #AMAZING #SICK for Nha San 20+

12 Nov 2018

Curator Veronika Radulovic, Veronika Witte and Đỗ Tường Linh have organized the Berlin exhibition No War No Vietnam in autumn 2018.

The exhibition presented associations between 1960s anti-war documents and artworks and Vietnamese contemporary arts. Through performances, video games or representational works, the Vietnamese artists have created concise war satires or their own satires.

No War No Vietnam hoped to direct attentions towards the meanings of the war and Vietnam the country itself in European eyes.

Nha San artists: Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, Nguyễn Phương Linh, Nguyễn Trinh Thi

Mary Bauermeister, Thomas Billhardt, KP Brehmer, Đinh Q. Lê, Harun Farocki, Robert Filliou, Sarah Haffner, John Heartfield, Jürgen Holtfreter, Wolf Kahlen, Lê Brothers, Bjørn Melhus, Arwed Messmer, Siegfried Neuenhausen, Nguyễn Hoàng Giang, Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, Nguyễn Phương Linh, Nguyễn Trinh Thi Oanh Phi Phi, Veronika Radulovic, Martha Rosler, Klaus Staeck, Sung Tiêu, Trương Tân, Trương Thiện, Günther Uecker, Ernst Volland, Wolf Vostell, Berthold Hörbelt & Wolfgang Winter, Jan Zabeil, Günter Zint



No War No Vietnam Berlin Exhibition featured Vietnamese Contemporary Artists

30 Oct 2018

Artist Nguyen Thuy Tien will appear at the Artist In Residence (AIR) program from Koganecho Bazaar Flying Supermarket 2018. Koganecho Bazaar exhibits works in various genres by 50 artists at locations like Hinode Studio and Kogane Studio under the Railways, and Yokohama Nigiwai-za.

Nguyen Thuy Tien was born in Viet Nam and is living in Saigon. She emerged in the Vietnamese art scence a few years ago and has been constantly expanding her practice and experimentation with many medium: Photography, video, text, installation and performance.
The program will be from September 21, 2018 to October 28, 2018.

For more information, you can visit this page:

Nguyen Thuy Tien at Koganecho Bazaar Flying Supermarket 2018

30 Oct 2018

Curator Tuan Mami and Chau Hoang from Nha San Collective participated in the Unlearning Biennale symposium, the first public event of the series of events that would culminate in the first edition of In the Matter of Art - Biennale of Contemporary Art during June 2020, and other artist activities in Europe. 


Nha San Collective in Europe

30 Oct 2018

​​Exhibition ‘site / shine / sight’ by artist Truong Que Chi from Nha San Collective opens from 6pm this Friday, September 28 at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre. The exhibition is a collaboration between visual art and architecture by Truong Que Chi and architectural studio, vn-a.

‘[The exhibition is] an attempt to explore how elements of light can be communicated, perceived, interpreted and even manipulated within the context and conditions of a contemporary art space.
They will transform the space of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre into a dim maze, where all light emits from the various sculpture, installation and photography within the recesses of particularly placed, structurally specific walls. Such a staged arrangement of objects and architectural elements – the first event of its kind in Vietnam on this scale – seeks to create an atmosphere of a strange faraway place’.

For more information:

'Site/ shine/ sight' Exhibition by artist Truong Que Chi

30 Oct 2018

Artist Nguyen Trinh Thi from Nha San Collective will premiere her most recent essay film “Fifth Cinema” at the Elevations Laos | Exhibition, "Depths"  and museum premiere at Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art (APT9), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (24 NOV 2018 – 28 APR 2019). 

With text by Maori filmmaker Barry Barclay (“Celebrating the Fourth Cinema, 2003), Nguyen's film is a hybrid moving on multiple cinematic and topical terrains. The film takes viewer through a narrative of colonialism, indigeneity and cinematic limitations in representation. 

Fifth Cinema Premiere by Nguyen Trinh Thi

30 Oct 2018

Artist Nguyen Quoc Thanh from Nha San Collective joined SIPAF 2018 (Solidarity in Performance Art Festival) in September, 2018. The festival featured Nguyen Quoc Thanh and other international artists.

SIPAF is an art festival/ project in the Philippines, promoting cultural exchange, solidarity, and peace. 
SIPAF will took place on September 12-22, 2018.

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SIPAF Solidarity in Performance Art Festival 2018 featured Nguyen Quoc Thanh

30 Jul 2018

‘The Age After Divinity’ was launched on Friday, 6 July 2018 and has been on display till 06 Aug 2018 at Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi. 
Depicting activities and events of daily life in an absurd world, this series of oil and water colour paintings presents immersive environments with droll juxtapositions that cleverly allude to cultural realities, social conflicts, the complexities of civic development and individual responsibility in Vietnam today. 

Focusing on the visual relationships of disjointed elements and unusual scales, with 'The Age After Divinity', Hung has conveyed his wry sense of humour and boldly brought audiences to a world in which everything is made bare through his biting irony. 

‘The Age After Divinity’ Exhibition by Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng

17 Jun 2018

​TheatreWorks Curators Academy is founded by Artistic Director Ong Keng Sen. The Curators Academy, with its first 30 participants from South East Asia, is unique for its international mission to develop curatorial skills in performance as well as interdisciplinary work focused on sustainability, sharing processes, synergy between contexts and curation in Asia. During the Curators Academy, there will also be complete performances presented for both participants and general public.


Truong Que Chi 's presentation at TheatreWorks Singapore

17 Jun 2018

Time: 2 June - 14 June 2018

Venue: Coeverything, Ho Chi Minh city

Sketches, poems, sculptures, often gentle, sometimes obscene. Above all, a confession to self is needless to pretend.​

After years of experimenting with different kinds of materials and contemporary presentations; after months of abandoning almost everything; Nam still stays close to his most fundamental action: drawing/writing. Becoming his focus, now, nothing more. Instinctive behavior, unconditional contemplation, thus this diary is the expansion of time, as long as he wants.

Nguyen Tran Nam having solo exhibition ''Weekend Expansion"