“Typically, with a purpose to rework your ache or your story into one thing that’s legible to others, it’s a must to be a part of a regime,” says the artist Diane Severin Nguyen. “It’s important to be a part of a gaggle to present your story symbolic worth.”
Group id is on the coronary heart of Nguyen’s new video art piece, “If Revolution Is a Illness,” on view alongside a photograph set up at SculptureCenter in Lengthy Island Metropolis. In early September, throughout a press preview, the artist watched the movie from begin to end as a part of the group throughout the lofty exhibition house. Afterward, individuals approached her with their reactions; some had been moved, some felt unhappy and others cried.
The nuance of comparable however particular person expertise inside a bigger group is the crux of the video. Nguyen traveled to Poland this previous summer season to movie the mission, shortly after the nation’s lockdown order was lifted. The piece explores the politics of id by a younger Vietnamese little one in Poland who turns into immersed in a Ok-pop dance group. Working carefully with a Vietnamese choreographer who typically works in Korea, Nguyen forged native teenage Polish dancers to carry out unique choreography.
Nguyen was drawn to the stress of division inside Vietnamese diasporic teams in Europe, traces typically invisible to these outdoors of the group. A number of years in the past, whereas in Berlin, she seen two distinct Vietnamese communities inside Germany, outlined primarily by whether or not they had been from North or South Vietnam. These variations had been influenced largely on account of alliances made through the Chilly Struggle. In Poland, she seen a large Vietnamese inhabitants relative to the remainder of Europe.
In the course of the pandemic, Nguyen additionally turned extra interested by Ok-pop — each as a fan and an artist. She seen there was an Jap European aesthetic in lots of Ok-pop music movies. After which, she found the world of Polish Ok-pop dance cowl movies.
“It was form of an obsessive factor,” she says. “I make photographic photos, and so I’m all the time fascinated by the house of picture formation,” she provides. “In Ok-pop, every little thing is so dense with imagery. Even the dancing is extraordinarily schematic and imagistic in the way in which they genre-mash every little thing. And I discover that kind of motion, of mixing all these disparate issues and virtually alienating them from their unique supply, to be a really photographic mind-set and searching on the world.”
The militaristic facet of the style — the peerlessly synced dance routines — made her additionally take into consideration the division between North and South Korea. From seemingly disparate inspirations, her video piece emerged.
The present’s title, “Revolution Is a Illness,” is each the title of one in all her earlier images and a chapter from a guide debating whether or not revolution is a rational or irrational act.
Nguyen stays ambivalent. Whereas crucial of teams and efforts to signify a gaggle, she acknowledges their significance — and is interested by exploring that contradiction.
“As an artist, I’m most likely extra crucial of the house of the group,” she says. “I mistrust symbolic energy. And I don’t like how capitalism co-ops each house of distinction and doesn’t enable for negativity to exist,” says Nguyen. “I believe the movie is just a little bit about bringing again a few of that negativity, although it exhibits the method of assimilation.”
“If Revolution Is a Illness” is on view by Dec. 13, 2021.
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