Trần Lương

b. 1960, Hanoi, Vietnam
Lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam

Trần Lương is a visual artist, independent curator and a pioneer in creating space for critical contemporary art in Vietnam. As one of the first local artists to experiment with performance and video, his artworks are grounded in local experience. Active in making opportunities for artists, Trần Lương co-founded the ‘Gang of Five’ (1983-1996), which organized monthly exhibitions in alternative spaces. In 1998, he co-founded Nhà Sàn Studio, the country’s first artist-led experimental art space, and curated the majority of its exhibitions in the initial four years. He was also the founding director of the Hanoi Contemporary Art Centre in 2000, resigning in 2003 in protest of government corruption.

Trần Lương goes beyond presumed ideas of curating, encouraging performers to push the boundaries, negotiating with the authorities, creating exchanges between North, South and Central Vietnam, bringing diasporic artists back to Vietnam, and hosting international artists. In addition, he also manages multiple community development projects in multiple regions in Vietnam. His dedicated energy in developing spaces, initiatives, networks and communities for performance and video arts in Vietnam, alongside his questioning of dominant norms, is all towards supporting alternative visions in a context of ideological conformity.

Biography information from, July 2022

Country: Vietnam
Additional Information: CV