Tiffany Chung


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tiffany Chung (Vietnam/USA) is 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. She is one of Vietnam’s most respected and internationally active contemporary artists. In 2019, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will present Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue, a major solo exhibition responding to the Vietnam War and its legacy on the culture and population of the United States. The exhibition will feature a specially commisioned video works along with photographs, watercolors, texts, and hand-drawn maps that trace military strategies and refugee resettlement patterns.   

Chung’s interest in imposed political borders and their traumatic impacts on different groups of human populations has underpinned her commitment to conducting an ongoing comparative study of forced migration – through both the current Syrian humanitarian crisis and the post-1975 mass exodus of Vietnamese refugees, of which she herself was a part. At Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, she presented the international debut of the first part of The Vietnam Exodus Project, with an installation of new works focusing on the experiences of Hong Kong’s Vietnamese refugee community. Cartographic drawings – addressing such issues as the international flows of refugees, demographic statistics, and the network of detention centers and refugee camps in Hong Kong – were shown alongside a multi-media wall installation incorporating images, written inscriptions, videos, and electronic texts. By unpacking the Vietnamese refugees’ experiences and tackling the asylum policies applied towards them in the past, the project aims to give insights into the impact of constant shifts in asylum policy-making on already traumatized and distressed people, particularly those from the current global refugee crisis. In 2017, Tyler Rollins Fine Art presented the unwanted population, a solo exhibition featuring recent developments in The Vietnam Exodus Project, The Syria Project, and The Global Refugee Migration Project.

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. Transgressing space and time, these works unveil the connection between imperialist ideologies and visions of modernity. Her maps interweave historical and geologic events – and spatial and sociopolitical changes – with future predictions, revealing cartography as a discipline that draws on the realms of perception and fantasy as much as geography. Exploring world geopolitics by integrating international treaties with local histories, Chung’s work re-maps memories that were denied in official records. Based on meticulous ethnographic research and archival documents, her work excavates layers of history, re-writes chronicles of places, and creates interventions into the spatial narratives produced through statecraft.

Chung’s work was featured in the 2015 Venice Biennale, in the exhibition All the World’s Futures in the Arsenale, with an installation of 40 map-based drawings relating to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The works’ richly detailed surfaces, with jewel-like tones rendered in ink and paint stick on translucent vellum, belie their somber thematic content charting the country’s ever expanding cycles of violence and refugee displacement. In 2018 she participated in the Sydney and Gwangju biennials as well as museum exhibitions in Hong Kong, Zurich, and San Francisco. In the United States, she has presented four solo shows at Tyler Rollins Fine Art (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015) and has appeared in such museum exhibitions as: Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); My Voice Would Reach You, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014); and Six Lines of Flight, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012). She was awarded the 2013 Sharjah Biennial Prize honoring her exceptional contribution to the biennial. Chung is a co-founder of Sàn Art, an independent, artist-initiated, non-profit gallery space & reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. In December 2018, Tyler Rollins Fine Art will present a solo booth of her work at Art Basel Miami Beach.

SAAM, Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue

June, 2018


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WA Today, Highlights of the Sydney Biennale

March, 2018


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Artomity, Vietnam Exodus: opened memories

December, 2017


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Art Asia Pacific, 21st Biennale of Sydney Announces Roster of Artists

December, 2017


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Art Asia Pacific, Unwanted Populations

November, 2017


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The New York Times, What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

September, 2017


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Artnet News, Here Are 51 New York Gallery Shows That You Need to (Somehow) See This September

September, 2017


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Asia Center, Excavating and Remapping Erased Histories: an artistic practice on protesting against historical amnesia

May, 2017


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Prze Krój

February, 2017


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Art Asia Pacific, Almanac 2017

February, 2017


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Bloomberg, Tiffany Chung on ‘Brilliant Ideas’

November, 2016


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Happening, Tiffany Chung: Mapping crisis through memory

October, 2016


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Art Asia Pacific, Tiffany Chung: To Be Remembered

September, 2016


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Taipei Biennial 2016: Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future

2016


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Aesthetica, Land, Sea and Air, The New Art Gallery Walsall

August, 2016


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Citylab, The Architecture of Displacement

May, 2016


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The Museum of Modern Art

May, 2016


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The European Business Review, Tiffany Chung

April, 2016


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M+ Press Release

March, 2016


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Asia Society, The Unwanted Population

October, 2015


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Artforum, Biennale on the Brink

September, 2015


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Gallery & Studio

2015


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Asian Art News, Tiffany Chung at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

July, 2015


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Hyperallergic, 2015 Venice Biennale

June, 2015


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Artnet News, David Ebony’s Top 10

May, 2015


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Art Radar, Vietnam’s Tiffany Chung explores the effects of disasters in New York exhibition

May, 2015


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Venice Biennale Catalogue

May, 2015


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Asian Art News, A Vision Through Conflicts

May, 2015


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Artsy, 5 Names You’ll Know after the Venice Biennale

May, 2015


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Observer, Tiffany Chung

April, 2015


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Art Asia Pacific, The Galapagos Project

2014


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Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes

2014


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Troubling Borders, Tiffany Chung

2014


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Bird, Tiffany Chung

2014


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Museum Arnhem, Threads Exhibition Catalogue

June, 2014


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Museum Arnhem, Threads Exhibition Announcement

March, 2014


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Dia Critics, Tiffany Chung’s “Fantasy Futurism”

February, 2014


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Made in Asia

January, 2014


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The New York Times, Abstract Maps That Read Between the Lines

December, 2013


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Artforum, 2013 California-Pacific Triennial

December, 2013


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Water Urbanisms East

2013


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Sharjah Biennial 11

2013


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California-Pacific Triennial, Tiffany Chung

2013


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Los Angeles Times, California Pacific Triennial

July, 2013


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Gulf News, Winners of Sharjah Biennial 11 Announced

March, 2013


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Los Angeles Times, Orange County museum names 32 triennial artists

January, 2013


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Visual.ly, The Maps are Art

January, 2013


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The Kansas City Star, Maps From Around the World Inspire Works in Kemper Museum’s Exhibition

October, 2012


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The Wall Street Journal, Cities on the Edge

October, 2012


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Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art

September, 2012


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Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Many Returns

2012


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Surface Asia

May, 2011


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Frieze, Singapore Biennial 2011

April, 2011


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Bangkok Post, Lion City gets lion’s share of art

April, 2011


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The Jakarta Post, For you Singapura!

March, 2011


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The New York Times, Definitions of Home at the Singapore Biennale

March, 2011


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Art Agenda, 2011 Singapore Biennale

March, 2011


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Contemporary Visual Art + Culture Broadsheet

March, 2011


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Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House

March, 2011


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The Straits Times, Water World

March, 2011


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City Arts, Tiffany Chung

November, 2010


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Asia Art Archive, Tiffany Chung

November, 2010


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2009 Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale

August, 2009


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Whitewall, Tyler Rollins

March, 2009


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Gotham, Tiffany Chung

January, 2009


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Artinfo, New York Gallery Shows

December, 2008


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Art Daily, Transpop: Korea Vietnam Remix at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

November, 2008


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Transpop: Korean Vietnam Remix

2008


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Art in Asia, Trans POP: Korea Vietnam Remix

March, 2008


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The Korea Herald, Mix It Up With Vietnamese and Korean Art

January, 2008


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The Korea Times, Koreans, and Vietnamese Share History and Art

December, 2007


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Arcus Project

2006


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The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale

2005


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