arts • 13 Jun, 2016
Thao-Nguyen Phan is Named a Rolex Protegé
Saigon-based visual artist has been selected for prestigious mentorship
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. To the seven new protégés that have been chosen for the 2016-2017 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, this maxim is ringing truer than ever. Across the realms of architecture, writing, cinematography, music, dance, theater, and fine arts, each protégé will be paired with the most extolled names in their craft for a year of creative collaboration.
This year’s intake features one of Ho Chi Minh’s very own, visual artist Thao-Nguyen Phan, who will be paired with internationally acclaimed American performance artist Joan Jonas. Phan has been lauded for her groundbreaking efforts in the field of contemporary arts. Through painting, video, performance, and installation work, she has challenged cultural conventions in the name of creation. A philanthrope herself, she also cofounded the Art Labor, a collective that develops art projects that benefit the local community.
For over a half a century now, Joan Jonas has been a “titan of the American avant garde.” The MIT Professor Emirata represented the US in the 56th Venice Biennale and has dozens of accolades under her belt including a Lifetime of Achievement Award from the Guggenheim. Protégé Thao-Nguyen Phan believes the mentorship will be “double-layered by the intimacy between two artistic souls and the complexity of shared history between Vietnam and the United States.”
Visual artist Thao-Nguyen Phan
2016-2017 Fine Arts Rolex Mentor and Protégé
Video and Performance artist Joan Jonas
From Thao-Nguyen's watercolor series, 'Voyages et missions du père A.de Rhodes'
Words by Izzy Pulido