Teo Nguyen. American, born Vietnam 1977, The day I got rid of my heart, acrylic on vellum mounted to aluminum,, from the series "Viet Nam Peace Project: Memories of Home". Courtesy of the artist © Teo Nugyen

Teo Nguyen: Việt Nam Peace Project

Teo Nguyen: Việt Nam Peace Project

July 30, 2022 - June 18, 2023
Gallery 262, Gallery 275, Gallery 280
Free Exhibition

Teo Nguyen’s solo museum exhibition invites contemplation and reflection on the Vietnamese people’s struggles toward peace and what the artist calls “the politics of worthiness.” Nguyen tells stories of heartbreak, optimism, resistance, and reconciliation that are interwoven into Vietnamese culture and spiritualism. His photorealist paintings reference historic images by photojournalists documenting the war in Vietnam, but reimagine them without violence. By eliminating the helicopters, weapons, fighting, victims, and fallen soldiers, he reveals a country of diverse natural beauty. This act of reclamation shines a light on a Vietnam beyond the war, a place of rich culture and picturesque topography. My Being, a short film inspired by his mother’s poems of loss and separation, and a photo-based installation in the show present narratives from a Vietnamese perspective. Born and raised in Vietnam, Nguyen lives and works in Minneapolis.

Teo Nguyen. American, born Vietnam 1977, The day I got rid of my heart, acrylic on vellum mounted to aluminum,, from the series "Viet Nam Peace Project: Memories of Home". Courtesy of the artist © Teo Nugyen