Tra My Nguyen (b. 1992, Vietnam), is a Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, moving image, fashion and textiles. Drawing on diasporic perspectives, her practice re-contextualizes material culture within the framework of global modernisms. Nguyen’s work delves into speculative narratives to explore the intersection of gender, labor, migration, and technology within the current neoliberal order.

Selected Exhibitions

Grotto, Berlin (DE) solo
Inversion, BPA// Room, Berlin (DE)

Means of Production, Lunch Hour, Sheerly Touch-Ya and Shisanwu, NYC (USA)

Alter Ego, Das Leben am Haverkamp, Den Haag (NL)
Vida Pública, 4th Edition of BIENALSUR, Centro de Arte UNLP, La Plata (ARG)
Ghosting, M.1 Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt (DE)
Berlin Bishkek Art Weeks, Berlin (DE)
Open Studios, Intermix Residency, Riyadh (KSA)

The Foliage VI, Vincom Center for Contemporary Art, Hanoi (VN)
The Fairest Art Fair, Kühlhaus Berlin (DE)
Fashion as Encounters, State of Fashion Biennale, Arnhem (NL)
Emergency Gathering, ACUD Galerie, Berlin (DE)
Empathic Device, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (DE)
A rite to transform, The Fairest, HOTO, Berlin (DE)

Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (DE)
Let Experiments become attitude, The Fairest, Postbank Tower Berlin (DE)

Body Occupation, Dada Post, Berlin (DE)
The Virtual Salon, 8MM Bar Berlin (DE)
Positions Art Fair, Flughafen Tempelhof Berlin (DE) solo

We are in this together, Universität der Künste Berlin (DE)
In Actu. In Potentia., fffriedrich, Frankfurt (DE)

A Motorbike Sunbathes on a Patch of Plastic Turf, Human Resources, Los Angeles (USA) duo
Modefotografie. Retrospektive einer Zusammenarbeit, Kunststiftung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt (DE)

Selected Press & Publications

TAZ, Bleibende Verluste, Text: Alexander Diehl
Voo Visits, Interview: Marie Wez
Intermix Residency Program Catalogue

NXS 6th Issue, Phygital Fashioning
State of Fashion Biennale Catalogue

Year Zero Magazine, Bad Blood, Sweat & Tears, Text: Max Migowski
Monopol, Nicht euer Moodboard, Text: Miriam Hinternesch
TUSH Magazine, Multimedium, Text: Laura Dunkelmann
Vogue, Berhard Willhelm Spring Summer 2020

Modefotografie - Retrospektive einer Zusammenarbeit, Thomas Greis, Hofmann Thomas, Ute Mahler, Heike Becker, Verlag: Burg Giebichenstein, Exhibition Catalogue


2024 Rupert Residency, Vilnius (LT)
2023 Intermix Residency, Ministry of Culture, Riyadh (SA)
2020 Incubator Collective, Artist Residency, Dada Post, Berlin (DE)

Grants, Prizes & Programs

BPA// Berlin program for artists, Mentorship Program
Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Travel Grant

Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Atelier Stipend
Stiftung Kunstfonds, NEUSTARTplus Stipend

Stiftung Kunstfonds Neustart Kultur Stipend

Akademie der Künste INITIAL Neustart Kultur Stipend

Projects & Performances

Costume Design for R.I.P., HAU Berlin, Kaserne Basel, FFT Düsseldorf (DE)

Costume Design for POSTHUMAN WOMBS, HAU, Berlin (DE) 2021
Costume Design for Virtual Wombs, Kaserne Basel (CH) / HAU Berlin (DE)
Scenography & Costume Design for Virtual Wombs, IDFA Amsterdam (NL)

Performance, In Actu. In Potentia., Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. (DE)

Performance, XLoca, Steinweg 5, Halle (Saale) (DE)

Lectures, Teaching & Talks

Lecture, Studio Visit, Basis Klasse Visuelle Kommunikation KH Kassel (DE)
Articulations, Arts Printing House, Rupert Residency, Vilnius (LT)

Artist Talk Notion of home, Berlin Bishkek Artweeks, Berlin (DE)

Show Walkthrough Interview, The Here and There Collective
Guest Lecture, JUXTAPOSITIONS, University of the Arts Berlin

Guest Lecture, Nothing is Original. Challenging Notions of Artistic Autonomy, University of the Arts Berlin
Panel Talk, How political can fashion be?, German Fashion Council

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