Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai works with a variety of media, including photography and video. Her earlier works concentrated on issues relating to women’s experiences and rights in Asian social contexts. Recently, her practice has turned to questions of identity, both personal and collective, including issues of migrants’ experiences and rights. She explores the complex relationships between individuals and society, and the role of fantasy and imagination in people’s conception of their existence. Notable exhibitions of her work include Another World (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany, 2016), Scars (Gallery PM, Croatia, 2016), Day By Day (SA SA BASSAC, Cambodia, 2015) and No more, not yet (Nguyen Art Foundation, Vietnam, 2023).
Thanh Mai was awarded the Pollock-Krasner grant in 2014 and Artist Excellence Award (by The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre) in 2021. She possesses an MA Visual Arts from Mahasarakham University, Thailand; teaches at Hue College of Art, Hue University. In 2019, Thanh Mai and her artist friends founded a bar art space called Mo Đo in Hue. She is co-founder of ‘No Cai Bum’, an artist-initiated, artist-run art festival in Hue. Thanh Mai currently lives and works in Hue.
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