WILL PHAM



NEWS

31 MARCH 2018
Group exhibition at An Viet Foundation

8 JUNE - 1 JULY 2018    
Degree show at Royal Academy Schools

22 JUNE 2018
Performance at the British Academy

5 JULY 2018
Feature review in the Hackney Gazette

9 JULY - 31 AUG 2018
Asia Art Activism Researcher in Residence and screening, Raven Row

15 AUG 2018
Screening selected by Recreative at The South London Gallery

29 SEPT - 31 DEC 2018
CFCCA Taipei Artist Village, Artist in Residence Exchange, Taiwan

1 NOV - 30 NOV 2018
Group exhibition at Space_31, Berlin

30 NOV - 23 DEC 2018
Group exhibition at Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

1 APRIL - 17 APRIL 2019
Group exhibition at The Reef, Los Angeles

5 APRIL - 16 MAY 2019
Group exhibition at Lien Viet Housing Association

24 MAY - 6 JULY 2019
Solo exhibition at Turf Projects

29 OCT 2019 
Screening selected by DAM Projects, Closeup Cinema

14 NOV 2019
Screening selected by Perch Arts, Ringcross Community Centre

24 APRIL - 12 JULY 2020
Solo exhibition at CFCCA Manchester

ABOUT

Born in London, UK, 1990

Lives and works in London

Foundation Fine Art, Chelsea UAL, 2009- 2010

BA Fine Art, Chelsea UAL, 2010- 2013

Exchange Programme, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, 2012

Postgraduate Fine Art, Royal Academy Schools, 2015- 2018




Record, Retrieve, Reactivate, 2018
A series of actions to revitalise a closed down community centre



An Viet Foundation, London

10 February- 31 March 2018

The exhibition focuses on a series of actions/ interventions to revitalise the An Viet Foundation, a former vietnamese refugee community centre in Hackney. This is by inviting artists to reactivate parts of the building using discussion, performance and curation. Will Pham presented a 3 channel video installation, a study of damage and care, picking up details of the buildings surface, revealing cleaning and transformation of the space. Sung Tieu performed ‘inferiority complex’ in the dark, Jalaikon and Ha Vu discussed magazines and print media, and Hau Yu Tam facilitated a focus group based on her society LESAM. The central work was a display of objects, banners and photographs from the An Viet Foundations archive by Will Pham and Cuong Pham.

This exhibition uses the urgency of this political moment around community, identity and the urgency of the founder Mr.Vu’s ill health, as a timely way to look at the 36 year history of the An Viet Foundation. Objects in the archive are used as starting points with the materials reframed, enlarged and repositioned in the space to speak and negotiate manifold histories and narratives. The exhibition explores questions such as how does an exhibition come about? What is curating? Whose stories get spoken for? Whose responsibility is it to care for these materials? What happens with these stories and objects? By creating a form of collectivity, this exhibition hopes to not find solutions individually but to form solidarity and collaborative practise which in itself, relates to the initial energy that drove first generation vietnamese refugees to self organise and start the foundation 40 years ago. In a way, this work speaks about what is civic activism? How is society and culture formed? How and what institutions are available for certain communities and what does it mean for that community when an institution has died or supposedly achieved its mission and has to close?

Through creating an exhibition as a form of civic action and inviting prominent people including the mayor of hackney, local MPs and other stakeholders, the exhibition shed new light and value upon this community centre. Following from this and through the tireless ambition and negotiations from other stakeholders such as Hackney Chinese Community Services and Kalangun, Hackney Council pledged to support £400k in investment and a further £35k to set up services and renovate the building. The An Viet Foundation however, was formally dissolved due to outstanding debts and replaced by the chinese and filipino community centres leaving further questions around the inheritance of An Viet Foundations objects, histories and narratives.