Minh Nguyen and Jacobo Zambrano


Minh Nguyen is a writer and organizer of exhibitions and programs currently living in Chicago, IL, by way of Saigon, Vietnam. She graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Literature and is attending School of the Art Institute for a Master's degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History. Her Master's degree focus is framed by interests in the philosophy of art, systems of aesthetic education, and the dispersal of concerns in postsocialist contemporary Asian art. Her writing has appeared and is forthcoming in Artforum, ArtAsiaPacific, Art in America, AQNB, and Art Practical, among others. She has organized exhibitions at Wing Luke Museum, King Street Station, SOIL Gallery, and Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Jacobo Zambrano was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a BFA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies (Emily Carr University of Art and Design 15'), SOMA academic program 18' (México), and is currently an MFA Candidate at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His practice exists at the intersection of many contexts. At a conceptual level he’s interested in the possibility for a new language that presents itself as disobedient and conditioning when confronted with hegemonic perspectives of history. Through a close examination of historical narratives specifically in the context of the discovery of the so-called “New World” and the subsequent episodes around the construction of the notion of power (power dynamics between Global North and Global South), scientific practices such as biology and anthropology are indispensable in formulating a critical discourse capable of questioning their meaning and purpose in relation to colonization and modernity. He has exhibited in Canada, México and USA.


Colloquium Under a Palm Tree: A Reading

March, 2020

Minh Nguyen and Jacobo Zambrano-Rangel organize a reading that responds to Gloria Anzaldúa’s text "La Prieta" from This Bridge Called My Back (1983), and Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz’s ideas on ‘transculturation’ and the confluences of different cultural experiences in how personal and political memory is formed, shredded, and re-stitched.

Image from Jacobo Zambrano's piece Tropos (2017), a site-specific installation for SOMA México.


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