Tiffany Chung

Tiffany Chung: finding one’s shadow in ruins and rubble

April 16, 2015 — June 26, 2015


finding one’s shadow in ruins and rubble, 2014

31 hand crafted mahogany boxes, found photographs printed on plexiglass, LED lights, electrical wire

dimensions variable, edition of 3 + 1AP

An Lộc region - former airfields and old rubber plantations, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

31 ½ x 25 in. (80 x 63.5 cm)

Kobe urban planning map after 1995, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

31 x 39 ¼ in. (79 x 100 cm)

An Lộc, somewhere between 1966-1972, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

12 x 16 ½ in. (30 x 42 cm)

national route 13 and abandoned airfields from my father’s youth, 2015

oil and ink on vellum & paper

10 ½ x 10 ½ in. (27 x 27 cm)

battle of An Lộc [Easter Offensive] 1972, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

9 ½ x 8 ¼ in. (24 x 21 cm)

battle of An Lộc 1972 - NVA’s & VC’s movements towards Saigon, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

12 ½ x 9 in. (32 x 23 cm)

battle of An Lộc - key locations, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

11 x 7 ½ in. (28 x 19 cm)

COSVN, NLF, PRG and VC bases, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

8 ½ x 5 ½ in. (21.5 x 14 cm)

Operation Lam So’n 719 in 1971, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

6 ¼ x 9 ½ in. (16 x 24 cm)

battle of Lộc Ninh 1972, 2015

oil and ink on vellum and paper

9 ½ x 7 in. (24 x 18 cm)

Installation View of "finding one's shadow in ruins and rubble" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 16 - June 26, 2015

 

 

Installation View of "finding one's shadow in ruins and rubble" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 16 - June 26, 2015

 

 

Installation View of "finding one's shadow in ruins and rubble" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 16 - June 26, 2015

 

 

Installation View of "finding one's shadow in ruins and rubble" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 16 - June 26, 2015

 

 

Installation View of "finding one's shadow in ruins and rubble" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 16 - June 26, 2015

 

 

Installation view of "finding one's shadow in ruins and rubble" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 16 - June 26, 2015

 

 

Installation View of "finding one's shadow in ruins and rubble" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 16 - June 26, 2015

 

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present finding one’s shadow in ruins and rubble, a solo exhibition of new works by Tiffany Chung. One of Vietnam’s most prominent and internationally active contemporary artists, Chung is currently presenting her Syria Project in the Venice Biennale as part of the exhibition All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor (May 9 – Nov. 22, 2015). Opening on April 16, finding one’s shadow in ruins and rubble marks her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, and features multi-media works relating to the lingering effects of three natural and manmade disasters: the 1995 earthquake that devastated Kobe, Japan; the current conflict in Syria; and the battlefields of the Vietnam War. These separate yet intertwined components reflect the artist’s long-term research into geographical shifts in countries that were traumatized by war, human destruction, or natural disaster, with a particular focus on the growth, decline, or disappearance of towns and cities, and related issues of urban development, environmental catastrophe, and humanitarian crisis.

The exhibition features work perhaps the most explicitly linked to the artist’s biography, or rather, that of her father, a former pilot for the South Vietnamese Air Force. Archival fragments relating to his wartime experiences are juxtaposed with Chung’s current investigations of disused and ruined airstrips scattered about southern Vietnam. Chung’s project relating to the massive destruction in Kobe, Japan, a country in which she has worked extensively for many years, is also informed by the notion of contemporary ruins, as related through archival video and photography as well as her characteristic map drawings. These meticulously detailed works involve a complex layering of topographies from different historical periods, interweaving historical and geologic events, as well as spatial and sociopolitical changes, with future predictions and utopian visions. The exhibition also incorporates elements from Chung’s ongoing research into the current civil war in Syria, with its enormous urban destruction and spiraling refugee crisis. She presents a new installation of light boxes, arranged like a chaotic cityscape, showing haunting images of the contemporary ruins of the Syrian city Homs, a poignant meditation on loss and shattered polity.

Based in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Chung holds an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2000) and a BFA from California State University, Long Beach (1998). She was awarded the Sharjah Biennial Artist Prize in 2013. Selected museum exhibitions and biennials include: My Voice Would Reach You, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014); Residual: Disrupted Choreographies, Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France (2014); THREADS, Museum Arnhem, Netherlands (2014); California Pacific Triennial, Newport Beach (2013); Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia (2012); Six Lines of Flight, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012); The Map as Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2012); PANORAMA, Singapore Art Museum (2012); Kuandu Biennale, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2012); Singapore Biennale (2011); Roving Eye, Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway (2011); Atopia: Art and City in the 21st Century, Centre de Cultura Conteporània de Barcelona, Spain (2010); The River Project, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia (2010); Incheon International Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea (2009); transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2008) and Arko Museum, Seoul, Korea (2007); Fukuoka Triennale, Japan (2005). Chung’s solo exhibitions include: Tiffany Chung, Lieu-Commun, Toulouse, France (2014); Fukagawa Shokudo, Fukagawa Tokyo Modan Kan, Tokyo, Japan (2011); and at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, TOMORROW ISN’T HERE (2012), scratching the walls of memory (2010) and Play (2008).

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

Gallery & Studio

2015


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Asian Art News, Tiffany Chung at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

July, 2015


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Artnet News, David Ebony’s Top 10

May, 2015


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Art Radar, Vietnam’s Tiffany Chung explores the effects of disasters in New York exhibition

May, 2015


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Asian Art News, A Vision Through Conflicts

May, 2015


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Observer, Tiffany Chung

April, 2015


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GENERAL PRESS

Prze Krój

February, 2017


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Art Asia Pacific, Almanac 2017

February, 2017


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Art Asia Pacific, Tiffany Chung: To Be Remembered

September, 2016


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Aesthetica, Land, Sea and Air, The New Art Gallery Walsall

August, 2016


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Citylab, The Architecture of Displacement

May, 2016


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The Museum of Modern Art

May, 2016


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The European Business Review, Tiffany Chung

April, 2016


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M+ Press Release

March, 2016


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Asia Society, The Unwanted Population

October, 2015


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Artforum, Biennale on the Brink

September, 2015


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Hyperallergic, 2015 Venice Biennale

June, 2015


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Venice Biennale Catalogue

May, 2015


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Artsy, 5 Names You’ll Know after the Venice Biennale

May, 2015


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Art Asia Pacific, The Galapagos Project

2014


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Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes

2014


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Troubling Borders, Tiffany Chung

2014


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Bird, Tiffany Chung

2014


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Museum Arnhem, Threads Exhibition Catalogue

June, 2014


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Museum Arnhem, Threads Exhibition Announcement

March, 2014


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Dia Critics, Tiffany Chung’s “Fantasy Futurism”

February, 2014


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Made in Asia

January, 2014


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The New York Times, Abstract Maps That Read Between the Lines

December, 2013


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Artforum, 2013 California-Pacific Triennial

December, 2013


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Water Urbanisms East

2013


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Sharjah Biennial 11

2013


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California-Pacific Triennial, Tiffany Chung

2013


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Los Angeles Times, California Pacific Triennial

July, 2013


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Gulf News, Winners of Sharjah Biennial 11 Announced

March, 2013


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Los Angeles Times, Orange County museum names 32 triennial artists

January, 2013


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Visual.ly, The Maps are Art

January, 2013


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The Kansas City Star, Maps From Around the World Inspire Works in Kemper Museum’s Exhibition

October, 2012


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The Wall Street Journal, Cities on the Edge

October, 2012


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Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art

September, 2012


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Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Many Returns

2012


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Surface Asia

May, 2011


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Frieze, Singapore Biennial 2011

April, 2011


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Bangkok Post, Lion City gets lion’s share of art

April, 2011


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The Jakarta Post, For you Singapura!

March, 2011


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The New York Times, Definitions of Home at the Singapore Biennale

March, 2011


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Art Agenda, 2011 Singapore Biennale

March, 2011


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Contemporary Visual Art + Culture Broadsheet

March, 2011


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The Straits Times, Water World

March, 2011


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Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House

March, 2011


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2009 Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale

August, 2009


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Whitewall, Tyler Rollins

March, 2009


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Art Daily, Transpop: Korea Vietnam Remix at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

November, 2008


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Transpop: Korean Vietnam Remix

2008


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Art in Asia, Trans POP: Korea Vietnam Remix

March, 2008


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The Korea Herald, Mix It Up With Vietnamese and Korean Art

January, 2008


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The Korea Times, Koreans, and Vietnamese Share History and Art

December, 2007


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Arcus Project

2006


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The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale

2005


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