Thao Nguyen Phan has been awarded with Han Nefkens Foundation – LOOP Barcelona Video Art Production Award 2018 in collaboration with the Fundació Joan Miró.
Becoming Alluvium is the title of the video created in the context of the award. Through a field trip to Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, the artist attempts to observe the environmental changes that have affected the Mekong River and its habitat. In this work, the artist surveys the construction of hydroelectric dams, the spread of unsustainable agriculture, the problem of overfishing, the unavoidable economic migration of farmers to big cities, and how this is manifested via popular culture and the eyes of adolescents.
The new video production will be launched at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, and will travel to WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels and the Chisenhale Gallery, London in 2020.