Words: Erin Irwin
Michael Reid, Sydney and Berlin, has expanded its stable with the addition of artist Mai Nguyễn-Long. The artist, who was born in Tasmania, uses a vast array of mediums to explore her mixed Australian-Vietnamese heritage, in particular the diaspora following the conclusion the Vietnamese war. She works as an academic as well as an artist, having recently finished her PhD at the University of Wollongong.
Her theory-based practice is tied together by its explorations of her own identity, that of her family, and potent cultural histories. Conflict and loss have played a large role in her recent works, assessing the traumas of war and the aftermath for those who flee abroad. This approach is informed by her studies, her work with international health organisations, having acted as Australian Youth Ambassador for the Ministry of Health in Fiji, as well as her time spent living in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, China and Vietnam.
Nguyễn-Long has exhibited widely across Australia as well as Manila and Hanoi, and has undertaken several artist residencies in Vietnam. She also works with the non-profit Vietnam Foundation and The Asian Arts Society of Australia.
A key series for the artist is Vomit Girl, which featured at the 12th Berlin Biennale. A further iteration of this series is currently on display at Michael Reid Sydney, on display until 2 September. She will also be the subject of a presentation at Wollongong Art Gallery, with Kôgábịnô opening later this month.
This article was posted 16 August 2023.
Image: Mai Nguyễn-Long alongside the installation of Vomit Girl, Michael Reid, Syndey. Courtesy: the artist and Michael Reid, Syndey.