In the upcoming exhibition called Open Glossary, Sasja had a conversation with James Nguyen and Budi Sudarto, who are the artists involved in the second edition of the Copyright Agency Partnerships Commission. This commission aims to support mid-career and established visual artists in creating a significant new artwork. For Open Glossary, James Nguyen will collaborate with Tamsen Hopkinson, Budi Sudarto, Kate ten Buuren, and Chris Xu on a multi-lingual installation that will be showcased across ACCA's gallery spaces.
Born in Vietnam and based in Naarm/Melbourne, James Nguyen’s interdisciplinary practice examines strategies of decolonisation, while also interrogating the politics of family history, language, displacement and diaspora. Open Glossary probes the language and terminologies that permeate contemporary art and society more widely. Nguyen and collaborators present dynamic installations, videos, performances and events that foster multi-lingual conversations on a range of contemporary issues, including Land Rights and Indigenous Constitutional Recognition, gender diversity and sexual identity, and the linguistic links and spiritual connections of Southeast Asia, First Nations Australian and Moana neighbours.
Curator: Shelley McSpedden
This project is presented in partnership with the Copyright Agency as part of the 2023 Copyright Agency Partnerships (CAP) Commission, supporting mid-career and established Australian visual artists to produce a major new commission. The first in the series was TextaQueen’s Bollywouldn’t at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Haymarket gallery.
Venue: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - 111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Melbourne, Australia
16 Sep–19 Nov 2023
Chim Sau by RPT MCK
Hareudang by Kalia Siska
Sokkar by Elyanna