March 1–July 31 2017
Art in General, New York
Trần Minh Đức is an arts administrator and artist based in Ho Chi Minh City. He is interested in interactions between the collective and the individual, the local and the foreign. His practice interrogates what it means to be Vietnamese in the complex fabric of contemporaneity. Trần worked previously as a manager and curator at San Art, an artist-initiated, non-profit contemporary art organisation in Ho Chi Minh City committed to the exchange and excavation of cultural knowledge within an interdisciplinary community. He graduated from the painting department of the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City. His work spans performance, photography, collage and installation and explores collective memory and cultural archives through investigating historical narratives, the effects of colonialism and imperialism, and the lasting impacts of war and migration. Trần is in residence at Art in General from March–July 2017 through the support of the Asian Cultural Council.
Art in General was founded in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
Art in General’s Residency Program, presented as part of the International Collaborations Program, provides artists and curators from abroad with the opportunity to conduct research and create work in a new context and to meet and interact with art communities and audiences in New York City. This national and international Residency Program is uniquely focused in exposing artistic and creative processes, in initiating and promoting the dialogue between artists and the public, and in generating a better informed and recurring audience for contemporary art.
General Support of Art in General is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.