Still from The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, a film by the Propeller Group, 2014.
L to R: Phunam, Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Matt Lucero of the Propeller group;
Photo courtesy of The Propeller Group and James Cohen Gallery, NYThe Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, a film by The Propeller Group (small gallery)
October 1- November 13
The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is a visual and musical journey through the fantastical funeral traditions and rituals of south Viet Nam. It attempts to engage in dialogue with funerary traditions that pulsate in the same vein throughout the global south. Previously exhibited at the Prospect 3 Biennial, the film mesmerized audiences in New Orleans. The film will be on view at the Welch School Galleries from October 1 through November 13.
The Propeller Group is a cross-disciplinary, multi-platform collective based in Ho Chi Minh City , Viet Nam and Los Angeles, California. With backgrounds in visual art, film and video, Phunam, Matt Lucero and Tuan Andrew Nguyen as The Propeller Group “…adopts the faux –persona of an advertising agency to create large-scale multimedia productions that address Vietnamese cultural and political changes while subverting the consumption of cultural content.” (Ghorashi, Hannah; The Propeller Group Goes To James Cohen Gallery; artnews.com, 4/22/15).
They have exhibited internationally including venues such as the Guggenheim Museum New York, 8th Shanghai Biennale, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Prospect 3 Biennial, The Museum of Modern Art New York, The New Museum and The 56th Venice Biennale. They are represented by James Cohen Gallery in New York.
The Propeller Group will be on the GSU campus for a lecture on Thursday, October 1 at 4:00pm in Kopleff Recital Hall. A reception will follow from 5:00 to 8:00pm in the gallery lobby. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public but seating is limited. Reserve your tickets at Eventbrite.
Body Bouquet : Curated by Tuan Andrew Nguyen (large gallery)
Curated by Tuan Andrew Nguyen of the Propeller Group, this exhibition focuses on works on paper, using watercolor, paint or pencil, that explore the image of the body, the human figure, images of flesh, disembodied and disconnected. Nguyen is exploring this moment in Vietnamese contemporary art where artists are rendering, or consciously not rendering and even at times ‘erasing’ the body and parts of the body as a means to talk about relevant social and political issues. All of the artists live and work in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.