Born 1971 in Saigon, Vietnam


Trong Gia Nguyen is a New York based artist whose works contend with power relationships between viewer and art object. Traditionally this dynamic favored the viewer, who determines the criteria for assessing a work - how long to look at it, under what formal qualities, and so on. By manipulating the ‘looking act’ itself and inverting this gaze, Nguyen reclaims control.


Colección Whitney is a stocks device that invokes both the medieval torture implement as well as current financial market of “stocks and bonds.” ‘Colección’ pertains to both the art world and IRS, i.e. tax and collections. The stocks will be on display in the lobby of 7W by the ticket line for VOLTA NY, where visitors will be encouraged to experience art in a completely different way...



Trong Gia Nguyen, Colección Whitney, wood and metal, 2009

Nguyen recently produced solo exhibitions at Fruit & Flower Deli (New York) and Galerie Quynh (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Group shows include Sequences Real Time Festival (Safn Foundation, Reykjavik, Iceland), 9th Havana Biennial (Havana, Cuba), and Performa 05 (New York).

Phone: + 1.347.791.1279


Contact Name: Trong Gia Nguyen

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