iffany Chung (Vietnam/USA) is one of Vietnam’s most respected and internationally active contemporary artists noted for her cartographic drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and theater performances that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory.
Chung’s work studies the geographical shifts in countries that were traumatized by war, human destruction, or natural disaster. Her map drawings layer different periods in the history of devastated topographies, reflecting the impossibility of accurately creating cartographic representations of most places.
Exploring world geopolitics by integrating international treaties with local histories, Chung’s work re-maps memories that were denied in official records.
Chung’s 2017 exhibitions include SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Performing the Border, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria; Detours, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway; the unwanted population, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, NY.
In 2016, Chung’s work was featured in numerous museum exhibitions and biennials on four continents, including: Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial; Illumination, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Kenpoku Art 2016, Hitachi City Museum, Ibaraki, Japan; The XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador;
and she was included in All The World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy in 2015. She was awarded the 2013 Sharjah Biennial Prize honoring her exceptional contribution to the biennial. In the United States, she has presented five solo shows at Tyler Rollins Fine Art (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017) and has appeared in such museum exhibitions as: My Voice Would Reach You, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014);
California Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2013); and Six Lines of Flight, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012). Chung is a co-founder of Sàn Art, an independent, artist-initiated, non-profit gallery space & reading room in Ho Chi Minh City.