Next Wave 2018: On the Border of Things (Part Two) – James Nguyen, Nguyen Cong Ai
An artist and a fruit picker take on a road trip. They’re blood, but not close. Similar, yet with very different ideas about life. As they hit the road, you’re invited along for the ride. Presented in three parts across three separate locations, 'On the Border of Things' sees artist James Nguyen share a drive with his uncle, Ai – himself an artist who makes a living by picking fruit in regional Australia. Like James’ parents, Ai attempted to flee Vietnam back in the eighties. But in contrast, free-spirited Uncle Ai isn’t interested in this idea of being the 'good new Australian' as they are.
Viewed from the driver’s seat of an old ute, the documentary is a playful and refreshingly candid take on the classic road trip trope.
About the Artist
James Nguyen is a Sydney-based artist working with the politics of art. His output ranges from drawing, installation, video and performance. Nguyen’s video and performance practice looks at the process of making and observing art through the “performative potential of the camera”. By documenting the actual recording of footage, the camera and the act of film-making becomes part of the work rather than just the apparatus.
Beyond the principles of cinematography, Nguyen is also working through BAD MUDDA (with Salote Tawale) and Astute Art Investments International to find versatile collaborative interventions to engage with artists and communities from China, Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific Region.
James graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the National Art School, Sydney and a Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of Arts (SCA), University of Sydney. He has been the recipient of the Clitheroe Foundation Scholarship and the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship.
'On the Border of Things (Part Two)' is a partnership with PACT and has been assisted by Create NSW.
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