Thu-Van Tran in conversation with Mark Rappolt

Wednesday 27 November, 6 – 8 pm

Olivier Malingue is pleased to announce that Thu-Van Tran will be in conversation with Mark Rappolt, Editor in Chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia on Wednesday 27 November from 6 to 8 pm.

On the occasion of our exhibition L'Empreinte, the French-Vietnamese artist will discuss her practice, upcoming projects and her site-specific mural at Olivier Malingue.


Wednesday 27 November
Drinks reception: 6 - 6.45 pm
Talk: 6.45 pm onwards

As space is limited, RSVP is essential by 22 November:
Cassandra Brayham




Penetrable is a work by the French/Vietnamese artist Thu-Van Tran. Working across a range of forms and materials, Tran uses her own experience as a cultural outsider to explore physical and cultural displacement and the history of colonialism - subjects that have become poignantly relevant in today's society.


The work on display at Olivier Malingue, Penetrable (2019) is created by mixing pigment with latex (rubber) and applying it to the gallery's entrance wall. Through this process, the artist identifies the traces left by this material as a symbol of colonial domination throughout history.


As the title of the work suggests, a key step of the process is the moment the dry latex is peeled off the surface of the wall. While this happens, the sticky, pigmented rubber layer stretches and slowly shifts from being a pictorial surface itself to being an extension of the stains left on the wall. When it detaches, the pigment that has penetrated the wall is revealed, showing an array of colours from purple to pink and violet. The viewer is immersed in this imagery which, behind the language of abstraction, hides a much more powerful political intent.


Thu-Van Tran's past projects include exhibitions at Centre Pompidou for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris (2018), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017) and La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017). Public Collections include Centre Pompidou, Louvre Abu-Dhabi and Frac-Île de France.

November 14, 2019