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UuDam Tran Nguyen (b. 1971, Vietnam) is a conceptual artist, who grew up between Vietnam and the USA. UuDam was trained as a sculptor at the HCM Fine Art University. He got his B.A. from UCLA & MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY. He lives and works in HCMC.
UuDam Tran Nguyen transforms the boundaries between urban myth and popular legend to both celebrate - and warn - of the role and impact of human progress and its desire for social advancement. Working with video, performance, photography, sculpture and new media, Nguyen’s playfully provocative practice is today one of the leading lights of Vietnamese contemporary art.
UuDam has been exhibited internationally in the 4th Singapore Biennale, Asia Society Museum, RISD Museum, Kadish Art in San Francisco, the White Chapel gallery, the Jewish Museum NYC, Bildmuseet Museum, Jim Thompson Art Center the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT8) at QGOMA and the upcoming Aichi Triennale and Yokohama Museum of Art.
His works has been mentioned and reviewed in Art Forum, Flash Art, Vietnam News, Blouin Art Info, The New York Times, Singapore Today Top Pick, Saigoneer, Los Angeles Times, Phnom Penh Post, Vietnam TV (VTV3 & HTV90 and Newspapers, Art Radar Journal, LA weekly, Time Out New York, etc.
He won the Jury Selection prize of the prestigious 18th Japan Media Arts Festival for his robotic app artworks License 2 Draw.
UuDam is a co-founder of the experimental art magazine XEM. He is working on his new exciting projects in Ho Chi Minh City.