Nguyen received his BFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and his MFA from The California Institute of the Arts in 2004. 

He has shown in numerous film festivals, international exhibitions, and has works in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Carré d’Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He has received several awards in both film and arts, including Art Matters grant in 2010. He initiated The Propeller Group in 2006, a platform for collectivity that situates themselves between an art collective and an advertising company. Accolades for the group 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 in 2015.


Images: 1) Film still from The Island (2017); digital video, color, 5.1 surround sound; 42 min. 2) Empty Forest (installation view from The Factory, Vietnam, 2017). 3) Viet Nam The World Tour (2010-ongoing); branding campaign. 3) Proposal for a Vietnamese landscape #2: Doc Lap Tu Do, Gil, Toc Luon Vao Nep (Independence and freedom, Gil, your hair back into place) (in collaboration with Phu Nam Thuc Ha, Link-Fish, Ca Sau Yellow, Gil, Ngo Dong , Jason Huang, 2016); Oil on canvas.


Asia Pacific: Visual Histories of War and Postwar

Seminar and Film Screening (This film screening is free and open to the public).
Wednesday, June 19
3 – 6PM – followed by a special film screening of The Island at 7PM

Thursday, June 20
1 – 4PM