Phung-Tien Phan’s multi media work examines contemporary lifestyles and their social implications, employing references to popular culture to pose questions about creativity, privilege, and consumption.
“With no obvious narrative form revealed, the act of looking leads one only to the understanding of the absurdity of trying to read life as a story. Romance becomes idiotic, inconsequential. The presence of people is fleeting, they remain somewhat abstract and casual as we consume them (and all looking is consumption). The awareness of the camera in the works by Phung-Tien Phan shows an attentiveness to the process of making as a part of life, and how snippets of life can become material for the work.“ (Rozsa Farkas, 2019)
Phung-Tien Phan (b. 1983, German) lives and works in Essen, Germany, where she co-founded the collective New Bretagne and the project space Belle Air (2014 – 2017). Until 2017 she studied in the class of Christopher Williams at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. The artist recently staged solo and duo exhibitions at Drei, Cologne (solo and with Whitney Claflin, 2019); Aedt, Dusseldorf, (with Niklas Taleb, 2018); and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2016). She furthermore contributed to exhibitions at Stadtgalerie, Bern; Campoli Presti, London (both 2020); Kunstwerke (KW), Berlin; Werkhalle, Cologne (both 2019); Skulpturenpark Moltkeplatz, Essen; Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow; 8. Salon, Hamburg (all 2018); Shanaynay, Paris; Belle Air, Essen (both 2017); Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (2015); and Museum Folkwang, Essen (2014) a.o. Between April 10 and June 14, 2020, her solo exhibition ’Cafe Chardonnay’ will take place at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg.