Divided into two installments, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen’s first exploration at L’appartement 22 consists of a research-based residency between November 24th - December 14th, 2009. Located across from the Parliament, L’appartement 22 is the site from which the artist will observe the protests of sometimes bloody demonstrations between newly and often unemployed university graduates, and the local authorities. In response to the police brutality, the artist wishes to use the Swedish historical event of "Ådalen Shootings" (1931) as a conceptual framework in which to situate this project, with the possibility of acting with a sonic intervention.
Biography: By shedding a novel light on trivial stories, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen reveals the unnoticed political relevance of seemingly innocent anecdotes. Her artistic endeavors are often developed into new media installations, in which the aesthetic experience becomes a strategy for the disassembling of Cartesian thinking, and by extension of the modernist binaries of mind/body and self/world. The corpus of work that she has produced is informed by critical and feminist theories and invites a collective understanding of today’s societal ethos. Nguyen has exhibited at Cranbrook Museum in Michigan, USA, Rooseum Museum of Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden, and the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ms. Nguyen also has the distinction of being the recipient of the Swedish Research and Development in the Arts (2007), the Swing Space Residency and production grant at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, USA (2006), and the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art NIFCA (2004) amongst many other recognitions. In addition, Ms Nguyen’s parallel curatorial practice has led her to organize international exhibitions that were shown in 2008, such as at the Museum of Modern Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, and the Darling Foundry Gallery in Montreal.