OCULA| Moi Tran: 'Knowledge in marginalised spaces is not static'

Nguyễn Thuỳ Dương, Ocula, October 28, 2021

Moi Tran's multidisciplinary practice draws on her experience as an ethnic Chinese Northern Vietnamese migrant who fled persecution in the aftermath of the Vietnam/American war of the 1970s. Tran's personal history is a consequence of one of Southeast Asia's most traumatic conflicts, and the experience of fleeing a previously colonised country to live in the U.K., a country of colonisers, left its mark. Becoming increasingly aware of the diaspora community around her, Tran experimented as an artist and researcher, reflecting on the concepts of life, death, movement, and migration—themes that recur in her prolific artistic practice.


More recently, Tran co-curated the community-centred performance arts festival Encounter Bow with Chisenhale Dance, held in London's Bow district in June 2021, and presented a solo exhibition at Yeo Workshop, Singapore (I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, 10 May–3 July 2021), which included more than ten artworks and installations.