Through literature, philosophy and daily life, Thao Nguyen Phan observes ambiguous issues in social convention, history and tradition. An honours graduate from Singapore’s Lasalle College of the Arts in 2009, four years later Phan received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).Today, in addition to her work as a multimedia artist, she has joined forces with artist Trương Công Tùng and curator Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần to form Art Labor. This collective explores cross-disciplinary practices and develops art projects that will benefit the local community. Thao Nguyen Phan is expanding her “theatrical fields”, including what she calls performance gesture and moving images. Phan has exhibited widely in Southeast Asia and is a 2016-2017 Rolex Protégée, mentored by internationally acclaimed, New York-based, performance and video artist, Joan Jonas.


2018  Poetic Amnesia, Rolex Arts Weekend, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany 

2017  Poetic Amnesia, Curated by Zoe Butt, the Factory Contemporary Art Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Nha San Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam


2019 Where The Sea Remembers, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, USA

Sharjah Art Biennale 14, “Leaving the Echo Chamber” in “Journey beyond the arrow” , curated by Zoe Butt

2018    Constructing Mythologies, Edouard Malingue gallery, Hongkong

A Beast, a God and a Line, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, Para Site, Hongkong and Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw

              Relics, Jendela visual arts space, Esplanade, Singapore

2016     Embedded South(s), online exhibition of moving images, sponsored by San Art and the Prince Claus fund.

              Anywhere but Here, Betonsalon, Paris, France

             Workshop at Foundation Botin, Santander, Spain 

2015     Un-romantic Memories, curated by Kim Jihye, Lotus Gallery, Gyeonggi-do, Korea  

             Concept Context Contestation, Art and the Collective in South East Asia, travelling exhibition, Goethe Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam

2014    Tầm Tã, curated by Trần Lương, Ha Noi Fine Arts University Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam

             Modern Love, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, curated by Bala Starr and Khairuddin Hori, Singapore

            Mekong Platform, Milan Image Art and Design fair, curated by Loredana Paracciani, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

            Vietnam Now: Changing Society, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam

            NhaSan 15+, NhaSan Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam

 2013  Concept Context Contestation, Art and the Collective in South East Asia, Bangkok Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (catalog)

            I-CAMP, Muong Ethnology museum, Hoa Binh, Vietnam

            Right Fiction, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

            New Work Show , Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

           The Fifth Wall, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

 2012  Ở, Recent Works by Artists of Vietnamese Heritage, Basespace gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

            RIAP International Performance Art Festival, Quebec, Canada

             Riverscapes in Flux, a travelling exhibition to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Philippines, organized by the Goethe Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam (catalog)

 2011    ‘Open Edit’ Mobile library, collaborated with Truong Cong Tung, San Art and Asia Art Archive, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 2010    Naptime Noise, L’usine gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 2009   Intersection Vietnam, new works form North and South, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore and Malaysia (catalog)

 2008   Two Coats of Paint, Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

              Ket Noi, Singapore Art Museum and Post Museum, Singapore

 2007   Young Artist Festival, Hanoi, Vietnam (catalog)        

             NIPAF International Performance Art Festival, Tokyo, Nagano and Nagoya, Japan (catalog)


2019 One of the four special mentions of Sharjah Biennale 14 prize, Sharjah, UAE

2018  Han Nefkens Foundation – LOOP Barcelona Video Art Award 2018, in collaboration with the Fundació Joan Miró.

Grand Prize, APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, National Museum of Singapore, organized by Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2016-2017   Rolex Mentor and Protege in Visual Arts, mentored by Joan Jonas 

2017    NTU CCA Residency, NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore

2016   Visual Arts Workshop in Botín Foundation, lead by Joan Jonas, Santander, Spain

2014    CDEF Grant

2013    San Art Laboratory Artist in Residency program, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2012    Incentive Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

             Nominated for the Dedalus foundation grant.

2011     Incentive Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

             First place, general category, Union League Civic & Arts foundation, Chicago

2010    Presidential Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


2014                MFA in Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

2009               Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class honors, Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore

2005-2008     Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam