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James Nguyen

James Nguyen is a Sydney-based artist working with the politics of art.

His output ranges from drawing, installation, video and performance. Nguyen’s video and performance practice looks at the process of making and observing art through the “performative potential of the camera”. By documenting the actual recording of footage, the camera and the act of film-making becomes part of the work rather than just the apparatus.

Beyond the principles of cinematography, Nguyen is also working through BAD MUDDA (with Salote Tawale) and Astute Art Investments International to find versatile collaborative interventions to engage with artists and communities from China, Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific Region.

James graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the National Art School, Sydney and a Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of Arts (SCA), University of Sydney. He has been the recipient of the Clitheroe Foundation Scholarship and the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship.

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