James Nguyen (AU)

Image: James Nguyen, [Water 3], 2019, digital photograph, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

Image: James Nguyen, Water 3, 2019, digital photograph, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

Born 1982, Bao Loc, Vietnam, lives Melbourne


James Nguyen works with documentary, installation and performance. He often collaborates with members of his family to examine the politics of art, self-representation and decolonising strategies in diasporic practice. Nguyen has also collaborated with Salote Tawale in the group BAD MUDDA, and has worked with Astute Art Investments International to find interventions to engage with artists and communities from China, Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific region. Nguyen was the recipient of the Clitheroe Foundation Scholarship and the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and featured in the 2019 edition of The National: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. He is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney.

PHOTO 2021 Events

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March