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Artist talk and zine workshop “Making Home”: Phung Huynh


Saturday, June 4, 2022
1 p.m. Artist presentation followed by a Q&A session
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Zine workshop with Phung Huynh

Registration is mandatory; the capacity of the Zine workshop is limited.
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Phung Huynh joins Asia Society Texas for an artist talk and zine-making workshop related to his works exhibited in Making a Home: Artists and Immigration. The artist invites guests to participate in an interactive class to develop multidisciplinary storytelling skills while Huynh guides them in creating their own personalized publication.

Making a Home: Artists and Immigration focuses on immigration and related themes through the works of Phung Huynh, Beili Liu, Tuan Andrew Nguyenand Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. The exhibition addresses the individual and lived experiences of immigration through the paintings, engravings, drawings, sculptures and installations of the four artists presented. return home centers the complexities of deeply personal histories of immigration, as artists consider topics of intergenerationality, the repercussions of colonial histories, dislocation, memory, otherness, belonging and resilience.

About the artist

See the morning edition of NPR cover of works by Phung Huynh »

Phung Huynhis an artist based in Los Angeles whose practice is primarily in drawing, painting and public art. Her work explores notions of cultural identity from a kaleidoscopic perspective, a continuous change of idiosyncratic translations. It is in the contemporary American landscape that she explores how “outside” cultural ideas are imported, disassembled and then reconstructed. In an immensely diverse metropolis such as Los Angeles, images flood our social purpose through mass reproduction and social media, taking multiple [mis]interpretations and [re]credits. Such thoughts guided Huynh in reintegrating traditional Asian iconography into the loose fabric of American popular culture. There is a deliberate “Chinatown” aesthetic in Huynh’s paintings, alluding to the kitsch souvenirs tourists buy and the commodification of Oriental icons into tchotchkes. Huynh considers how cultural authenticity disintegrates within a capitalist framework, and she paints images of Chinese cherubs, lotuses, and carp with a “pop” veneer of delight and horror to challenge the viewer with a Western perspective.

Huynh’s current work draws on her experience as a Cambodian and Chinese refugee from Vietnam. Inspired by her family’s migration story, personal research and interviews with Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees and immigrants, Huynh makes designs on pink donut boxes and cross-stitch images of car license plates. Californian personalized with non-anglicized names. Her work uncovers the complexities of immigration, displacement and cultural assimilation. Each drawing or cross-stitch piece is meant to be a sensitive representation of a unique personal story. Nearly 90% of donut shops in California are family businesses run by Cambodian immigrants or Cambodian Americans (Khmericans). The trend that associates pink boxes with donuts can be traced back to the Khmer donut ecosystem. Ultimately, Huynh’s work is rooted in the practice of unraveling ideas of cultural representations and stereotypes, challenging how we consume and interpret ethnographic signifiers, and decentering whiteness in the construction of visual narratives. and historical.

Huynh earned her BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design and her MFA in Studio Art from New York University.