Manchester Art Gallery

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

A retrospective of the work of Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, one of the most exciting Asian artists to have emerged in recent years, and his first major UK exhibition.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 23 February 2008–Sunday 1 June 2008


The exhibition brought together an outstanding selection of the artist’s work and includes a large-scale installation The Globe Project: The Garden of Globes (2007). Further new works also featured, including a film The Ground, The Root, and the Air: The Passing of the Bodhi Tree (2007) and a new specially commissioned print for Manchester.

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba is probably best known for his mesmerising underwater films depicting divers as they perform a traditional Chinese dragon dance in the sea; as they paint portraits underwater, and local fishermen pulling rickshaws along the seabed.

In these films, as in much of his work, references are frequently made to the artist’s Asian heritage, exploring themes of tradition, cultural identity and the fate of displaced communities. The films are dream-like works which inspire both simple, sensory responses and yet are also permeated by an explicit and dark symbolism.

A four-star review in The Guardian referred to The Globe Project: Garden of Globes as having “an enigmatic beauty that will take your breath away”.

Further resources

See Mizuma Art Gallery link for more details on Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, further images of his work and film clips.

Artist biography

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba was born in Tokyo in 1968. He earned an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art after receiving his B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, and the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. His work was been included in numerous biennials, including the Shanghai Biennale, the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, and the Sao Paulo Biennale. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s films explore Vietnamese history and national identity, and have referenced issues such as the displacement of Vietnamese boat people after the Vietnam War. The underwater setting for films such as Memorial Project, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards (2001) and Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas: Battle of Easel Point – Memorial Project Okinawa (2003) refer to Vietnam’s relationship to water with its long coastline and river basins and to the country’s folklore.

Since the mid-1990s Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba has been represented in exhibitions across the globe including solo shows at MACRO, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, in Rome (2003), the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2004), and the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden (2005).

Solo Exhibitions

Lehmann Maupin, New York, U.S.A.
Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Kunstmuseum Luzern Museum of Art Lucerne, Luzern, Switzerland

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lehmann Maupin, NY, U.S.A. ?
Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden curated by Lars Grambye

MAM Project 002:Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, curated by Mami Kataoka (cat.)?
Memorial Project Vietnam, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, CAAM, Canary island, Spain, curated by Alvaro Rodriuez Fominaya

MACRO, Museo d?Arte Contemporanea Roma, Italy, curated by Danilo Eccher/ Yuko Hasegawa (cat.)
Video Cube: FIAC 2003, Paris, France, exhibited by Mizuma Art Gallery
Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba/MATRIX 203: Memorial Project Vietnam, UC Berkeley Art Museum, curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson (bro.), travels to:The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, curated by Dan Cameron,Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA ,Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada,Colby College Museum of Art, Maine,Austin Museum of Art, TX
Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards, MIT List Visual Arts Center, MA, curated by Jane E. Farver
Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious and the Cowards, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany, curated by Elke Gruhn

Memorial Project Minamata: Neither Either nor Neither – A Love Story, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious and the Cowards,
Govett – Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, curated by Gregory Burke (bro.)
Video Cube: FIAC 2002, Paris, France, exhibited by Gallery Chantal Crousel
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Galeria Animal, Santiago, Chile
Towards the Complex (video screening), De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Xich Lo 2001 – The Making of Alternative History, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

In Between, Shiseido Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)
Individuals-Collections, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
WWW.XEOM.COM, Blue Space Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dream, 29 Hang Bai Exhibition House, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Mosaic Series Exhibition, Dallas Visual Art Center, TX
Studio Gallery/Sculpture Garden, Center For the Arts, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
Trammell Crow Pavilion Gallery, Dallas, TX

Photographs from Vietnam, SGI-USA Dallas Culture Center, TX
New Works 95:02, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX (bro.)

Group Exhibitions

Thermocline of Art-New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, June 9 – Oct 21 *Views of Water, Yokohama Museum,Yokohama, Japan

Sound, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, September 2 – November 18
Memorials of Identity: New Media from the Rubell Family Collection, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, August 3 – October 1
The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, September 8 – November 11
The 1st Singapore Biennale, with the group ?Mogas Station, Singapore, from September 4- November 12
ARS 06, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, January 21 ? August 27

FUSION. Aspects of Asian Culture in the MUSAC Collection, Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Castilla Y Leon, Spain, December 17 – April 16, 06
IDFA (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam), The Netherlands, November 24 – December 4
Anyang Public Art Project (APAP 2005), Anyang, South Korea, November 5 – December 15
Projections, Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Canada, October 5 – November 6
Collection of Centre Pompidou New Media, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, curated by Christine van Assche (cat.), September 27 – January 7, 2006
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba: Memorial Project Nha Trang, Huis Marseille, museum for Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherland, September 10 – November 6
Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France, selected by Nicolas Bourriaud, Jerome Sans and Thierry Raspail (cat.), September 14 – December 31
Experimenta Vanishing Point, Black Box, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia (cat.), September 1-30
Variation Xanadu, Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan, curated by Chia Chi Jason Wang
51st Venice Biennale, Always a Little Further, Arsenale, Venice, Italy, curated by Rosa Martinez (cat.)
First Acquisitions, Opere dalla collezione della Fondazione Pinchuk, Venice, Italy
Water, Water Everywhere, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, curated by Marilu Knode (cat)
Selections from Moscow Biennale, National Centre of Contemporary Art in Novgorod, Russia
1 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, selected by Rosa Martinez

Recent Acquisitions, Contemporary Works, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Frieze Art Fair, with Lehmann Maupin, London, UK
Encounters in the 21st Century, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Dazi Bao, Universite de Jussieu, Paris, France, curated by Hou Hanru
Sevilla Biennale: The Joy of My Dreams, Spain, curated by Harald Szeemann
Shanghai Biennale, Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum, China, curated by Shengtian Zheng
Zone of Urgency (travelling show of 50th Venice Biennale), Villa Zerbi, Reggio Calabria, Italy, curated by Hou Hanru
Movimento /Movimenti. Villa Cattolica, Bagheria, Sicily, curated by Francesco Bonami
Slow Rushes, The Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania, curated by Rhana Devenport
Festival internazionale del film Locarno, Locarno, Switzerland, curated by Harald Szeemann
WRONG SITE, Fundacion Luis Seoane, Spain, curated by Pablo Fenago
At the Still Point of the Turning World, FACT Centre, Liverpool, UK, curated by Claire Doherty
Artes Mundi Exhibition, National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK, curated by Tessa Jackson (cat.)
VIS VITALIS, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Holland
Material Witness, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, curated by Margo A. Crutchfield (cat.)

Bloom: mutation, toxicity and the sublime, Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, curated by Gregory Burke (cat.)
How We Live, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Frieze Art Fair, with Mizuma Art Gallery, London, UK
8th Istanbul Biennial, Poetic Justice, Turkey, curated by Dan Cameron (cat.)
50th Venice Biennale,(Z.O.U – Zone of Urgency) Dreams and Conflicts – The Viewer’s Dictatorship, Italy, curated by Hou Hanru/Francesco Bonami (cat.)
Kaap Helder, Art from a Natural Source, North Holland, Netherlands, curated by Peter de Rooden (cat.)
The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (cat.)
Universal Strangers, Borusan Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey, curated by Rosa Martinez

URBANLENZ – Canon art project, Tokyo, Japan
Video Zone, 1st International Video-Art Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel, curated by Sergio Edelsztein
Watching Ocean and Sky Together, FourthWall Liverpool, conceived for Liverpool Biennial, UK, Curated by Kathryn Standing, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and Sandra Percival
Moving Collection, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Plymouth, New Zealand (bro.)
Attitude 2002, Contemporary Art Museum of Kumamoto, Japan, curated by Hiroshi Minamishima (cat.)
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, Brazil, curated by Helmut Batista
Busan Biennial 2002, Korea, curated by Kim Airyung
Extreme Protection: NIT NIU 2002, Mallorca, Spain, curated by Rosa Martinez
13th Biennale of Sydney: (The World May Be) Fantastic, Australia, curated by Richard Grayson (cat.)
25th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, curated by Alfons Hug (cat.)
Cutting Edge:Tokyo, ARCO 02, with Mizuma Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain (cat.)

Mega Wave – Toward a New Synthesis, Yokohama 2001,
International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Japan, curated by Fumio Nanjo (cat.)

Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan (cat.)
Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, Niigata Prefecture Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Man & Space, The 3rd Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (cat.)

Gap Vietnam, The House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany (cat.)

Critic’s Choice, Dallas Visual Art Center, TX (bro.)
Jurors: Dana Friis-Hansen, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Charles Wylie, Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art

1995 Members Invitational, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Art in the Metroplex 95, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX, Juror: James Surls