Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

b. 1968, Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Houston, USA

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba was born in Tokyo to a Vietnamese father and a Japanese mother. Growing up and being educated in Japan and the USA, he earned his BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and then his MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1994. After 18 years of working in Vietnam, he is now residing and creating artworks in Houston, Texas.

With almost 25 years of working as a global artist, his works can be seen as a culmination of a series of memorial projects. Shot in 2001 and shown at the Yokohama Triennial, his first underwater film project, ‘Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious and the Cowards,’ led to his recognition on an international scale. Since then he has been commissioned to create a series of underwater films. His second project based on the 1968 Tet Offensive, ‘Happy New Year: Memorial Project Vietnam II’ was conceived for the exhibition series the MATRIX at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2003. He has continued to direct and film two other underwater films in the water of Japan with ‘Memorial Project Minamata: Neither Either nor Neither – A Love Story’, a memorial for the Minamata Disease patients and ‘Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas: Battle of Easel Point – Memorial Project Okinawa’, a memorial tracing the Christmas Bombing of North Vietnam in 1972.

From 2004-2007 in Luang Prabang, Laos, he created a film on the Mekong River titled ‘The Ground, the Root, and the Air: The Passing of the Bodhi Tree’ which brought his filming experience above water. Also in 2007, he returned to producing installation works with ‘The Globe Project: Garden of Globes’ commissioned for his solo museum show at Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland.

In that same exhibition, he began his ongoing project ‘Breathing is Free: 12,756.3’, an attempt to physically experience the world refugee crisis by running the distance of the diameter of the earth, 12,756.3km. Up to now, he has run approximately one-fourth of the total distance through 17 different cities worldwide.

In his most recent film from 2013, ‘The Master and the Slave: Inujima Monogatari’ filmed at Inujima island in Setouchi, Japan, he attempts to survive Inujima’s history with Japan’s national sport of baseball played inside the last stone quarry of the island. A batter and a pitcher confront each other, but with a romantic endeavor of hitting the stones out from the island to mainland Japan.

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba has exhibited in numerous international triennials and biennales including Venice, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Shanghai, Yokohama, and Guangzhou. One can also find his works in public collections at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo as well as many more museums, foundations, and private collections in the world.

Biography information from www.nguyen-hatsushiba.com, September 2022

Country: Vietnam