Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Blue Memory: Paintings by Tran Trong Vu; an Exhibit Co-Curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry and Nora Taylor, Arizona State University Art Museum, February 7-May, 1, 2004

Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Blue Memory: Paintings by Tran Trong Vu; an Exhibit Co-Curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry and Nora Taylor, Arizona State University Art Museum, February 7-May, 1, 2004

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INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS BY HEATHER SEALY LINEBERRY AND NORA TAYLOR

For Blue Memory, Vietnam-born artist Tran Trong Vu has installed approximately sixty paintings on plastic in a maze-like format. Most of the figures appear to be generic Asian males wearing white-collared shirts and black ties. Like many of the artist's installations over the past decade, these figures represent anonymity and conformity in an increasingly global world. They also express the difficulties, experienced firsthand by the artist, of being transnational, living in one place and being from another.

The artist paints many of the figures in black and white to resemble a photograph, specifically an identification photograph. Like the photograph, the paint on plastic obscures the "true" identity of the person. In part, these figures are commentaries on the condition of being an expatriate, a migrant or an alien. As an Asian living in France, Vu must deal with the way he is viewed by the French authorities. Immigration officers scrutinize him, sometimes simply because of his appearance.

Vu describes the installation as a play on the ambiguity of memory. He has chosen the theme of memory for intellectual and personal reasons. Having left Vietnam as a young man, his relation to his home country is now in the realm of memory. …

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