20th Sep 2018
Hi! I’m Uyên-Minh. I started my practice in photography since 2010 & started collaging since 2016. Mmm… I have an obsession with movements. Probably, it was because of my family’s migration from the central to the south of UN in the 90s. This also shapes my perspective on everything in life, & question on “belonging” and “forever”. ^^
I’m not sure if I follow any working process… I mean if I set “process” aside, my answer would be: either I sit still, or I take a walk. Each phase, I would have a different walking area in the city. Everything would begin here, from where I sit, or the road I take (to walk).
Observe, listen, take note, capture, question, read... are the things everyone can do. That happens the same way to me, nothing special like going to the grocery store every day.
Now... I’m just writing!
Making collages marks an important transition in my practice journey, I always try to break my own limit to step outside of the door. I always use photos that belong to my copyrights & make the collage by hand. That allows me to touch everything with my hand, burn them, tear them apart, stitch them together or even lick them…
Sometimes, it helps me to relieve. If you only see the photos through your laptop’s screen from year to year, you might get CRAZY, I think!
So, I print them out, hold them & ask them what I can do.
I make gifs for… FUN! It’s simply a pastime game of mine whilst looking for simple & practical skills to practice on these images (I’m actually not good in this). I feel like GIF is an interesting format, it doesn’t take up a lot of space, it moves an animated character, it’s popular, like a cockroach ^^. And most importantly, it helps me to relax when I try it.
I take pictures of my mother & my relationship with her. This format isn’t new, but it has a special meaning to me! It helps me to clearly define my perspective on art practice. I want to make art on something close to me & my heart, those that deeply & strongly affect my being. I’m not a grand artist, before and above all, I’m a person who’s capable of loving. 💗
I want to “dress” the new shirt for Blue Think of Green Project, like a new identity. More active and “alive” through installation.
Thank you Conch!
Uyên-Minh Nguyễn is an artist living and working in Ho Chi Minh City. You can find her at uyenminhnguyen.tumblr.com and on www.chaosdowntown.com. You can find her on instagram at @alittlepinkcockroach.