February 4, 2010 - February 28, 2010
Liza Nguyen visited Vietnam for the first time in 2000. During a second trip in 2004, the artist traveled to villages and forests decimated by Agent Orange and other environmental toxins. Nguyen collected handfuls of earth from nineteen such sites, carried the soil back to her studio in Europe, and photographed each sample on a clinical white background.
Entitled “Surface,” Nguyen’s series is an archive of absence and remembrance. In the artist’s words, the photographs represent “… bodies turned into dust.” Re-imagining the ravaged soil of her father’s native country, Surface is a somber and beautiful portrait of loss amidst new possibilities.
Liza Nguyen was born in France in 1979. Nguyen studied fine art and photography in France, and in Germany with Thomas Ruff at the Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf. She completed a Masters Degree in Photography at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière, Paris (2003), and a Masters Degree in Art at the Sorbonne (2004). Nguyen has exhibited widely in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. She has received numerous awards including: “La Bourse du Talent,” the “Prix FNAC de la Photographie,” and the “Artist Prize” at the International Biennial of Art, Lulea, Sweden. Liza Nguyen lives and works in Paris and Düsseldorf.
“Surface” is on exhibition as part of Unfolding Time: Vietnamese Photography, Then and Now.