These hand embroidered interventions onto old hand-painted portraits of Lenin transgress traditional cult of personality to explore the convoluted and confusing relationship between the idolized political persona and the idolized celebrity.
A proposal to embellish the largest Lenin monument still standing, with one of the first Lenin monuments that was taken down in East Berlin in 1991.
Viet Nam The World Tour
2010 - present
Viet Nam The World Tour began in 2010 as a rogue anti-nation-rebranding campaign. It appropriates marketing language, graffiti strategies, and viral video platforms to re-associate a historically colonized and mediated national identity with an entirely new mediated history.
Phunam Reproduction: Subconscious Dafen
This project begins with a series of photographs taken by artist Phunam of painting studios in the village of Dafen, China, famous for its production of replica paintings. The Propeller Group collaborates with painters from the same village to make exact oil-on-canvas replicas of these photographs.
Regional Reproduction: Self-portraiture and Emerging Artistic Consciousness in Dafen
Dafen is a village surrounded by the thriving metropolis of Shenzhen, and the origin of most of the world’s reproduction oil paintings. In the popular imagination Dafen’s artists produce anonymous works for unknown customers, operating no differently than a faceless factory churning out counterfeits.
The Guerrillas of Cu Chi
A film that explores a politically and militarily charged space called the Cu Chi Tunnels, by merging a historical propaganda documentary of the location with a new set of documentary images.
The History Of The Future
This 3-part project consists of a unique science-fiction phaser rifle intricately carved in a tradition that dates back to the 16th century in Southeast Asia. It is then hidden from human civilization somewhere in the world only to be revealed 100 years later.
‘Static Friction’ is a curatorial project that includes sculpture, drawing, video, and mixed media collages revolving around motorbike culture, and takes as its point of departure the ubiquitous motorbike as it is experienced in Vietnam – as an icon of social and economic mobility; a vehicle for individual identity amid social collectivity.
Static Friction: Burning Rubber
In this work, a series of performances were setup around Ho Chi Minh City, where an anonymous motorbike rider, dressed all in black maneuvers his moped into centers of traffic and begins to perform burnouts. The loud sounds of the engine, the screeching of the tires, the smoke, the struggle between rider and moped to maintain power…
Television Commercial for Communism
Imagine for a brief moment, that the world’s last five remaining communist countries decided to unite forces and hire the world’s top advertising agencies to re-brand and create a resurgence in the ideologies of Communism? Television Commercial for Communism [TVCC] embarks to re-position our relationship…
A study in the application of political history and socio-political meaning through the introduction of one of America’s most famous protest song, Strange Fruit, into China’s growing rock scene, via Chinese punk rock & industrial metal band, VooDooKungFu.
FADE IN: EXT. STORAGE – CU CHI – DAY
This short film, made in collaboration with Superflex, is a re-enactment based on actual events that occurred at the Ho Chi Minh customs department in regards to a shipment of movie props produced in Viet Nam for a television drama set in Viet Nam, sent to The Netherlands and back again. The title of the film is the entire script.
Temporary Public Gallery
This public intervention sets out to complicate, and possibly poeticize, matters concerning public space, public art, privatized commercial space and the politics/censorship behind the regulation of these spaces by renting a billboard in Ho Chi Minh City in order to curate non-commercial images in public space.
This near life-size video projection that features the monicker, “Uh…” written as a graffiti tag on various public walls throughout Ho Chi Minh City. As traffic whizzes along the streets and pedestrians stroll past Uh’s work, we realize that the tag isn’t part of the physical landscape at all.
The Farmers and the Helicopters
is a synchronized 3-channel video installation produced in collaboration with Dinh Q. Le that explores the icon of the helicopter and its relationship to Vietnamese farmers and their memories of U.S. militarism during the 1960′s and 1970′s.
Spray It Don’t Say It
This ongoing documentary project follows the evolution of graffiti in Viet Nam, beginning with the very first generation of graffiti artists who discovered and started to apply American style graffiti 2005.
- Lenin As…
- Monumental Bling
2010 - present
- Viet Nam The World Tour
- Phunam Reproduction: Subconscious Dafen
- Regional Reproduction: Self-portraiture and Emerging Artistic Consciousness in Dafen
- The Guerrillas of Cu Chi
- The History Of The Future
- Static Friction
- Static Friction: Burning Rubber
- Television Commercial for Communism
- Estranged Fruit
- FADE IN: EXT. STORAGE – CU CHI – DAY
- Temporary Public Gallery
- The Farmers and the Helicopters
- Spray It Don’t Say It