Thao Nguyen Phan wins 2018 Han Nefkens Foundation – Loop Barcelona Video Art Award

Thao Nguyen Phan. Courtesy Han Nefkens Foundation

The Han Nefkens Foundation, Loop Barcelona and Fundació Joan Miró announced Ho Chi Minh-based artist Thao Nguyen Phan as the winner of the inaugural Han Nefkens Foundation – Loop Barcelona Video Art Award. The award recognises the work of artists of Asian origin or nationality who work in the field of video art.

Phan was elected among a shortlist of nine, comprising Wong Ping, Nao Yoshigai, Hsu Chia-Wei, Issac Chong, Ho Tzu Nyen, Yin-Ju Chen, Au Sow Yee and Wu Chi-Yu. As the winner, she will receive $5,000 to produce a new project that will be exhibited at the Fundació Joan Miró in November 2019, to coincide with Loop Barcelona. The work will then tour to several international art institutions in 2019 and 2020.

Commenting on their decision, the jury said: ‘Promising young artist Thao-Nguyen Phan has a strong eye and, remarkably, for an artist of her age, she has found a voice that is both unique and incisive. Her diverse practice includes complex, layered narratives, which create a form of storytelling that is at once grounded in her local landscape and in the communities with whom she works, while at the same time referring back to fictional texts’. 

23 November 2018