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Tammy Nguyen

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist and writer whose work spans painting, drawing, printmaking, and publishing. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists to create politically nuanced and cross-disciplinary projects. Born in San Francisco, Nguyen received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2007. The year following, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study lacquer painting in Vietnam, where she remained and worked with a ceramics company for three years thereafter. Nguyen received an MFA from Yale in 2013 and was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill in 2014. She has exhibited at the Rubin Museum, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Vietnam, and the Bronx Museum, among others. Her work is included in the collections of Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Walker Art Center Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library.

Tammy Nguyen - A-lo-ha-ho-di-ho! An Activity Book (1)

A-lo-ha-ho-di-ho! An Activity Book

A-lo-ha-ho-di-ho! An Activity Book, 2016
Digital prints on paper, accordion bound book with signatures
10 x 8"

A-lo-ha-ho-di-ho! An Activity Book is an artist book that presents aspects of the Jazz Age with a backdrop of American Imperialism. Through poems, music, recipes, and a timeline, Nguyen juxtaposes Black and Asian narratives of the 1920s. With paper toys and images of children enacting the contents of book, Nguyen invites you to imagine histories of different cultures as more intertwined than they are frequently simplified and separately broadcasted.

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