Sung Tieu, Mural for America, (Detail), 2023, Courtesy the artist, Emalin, London, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg and Galerie Trautwein Herleth, Berlin, Photo: New Document
Sung Tieu / Without Full Disclosure
Jun 30 – Nov 10, 2024
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Siegen, Germany

Sung Tieu (*1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam, lives and works in Berlin) will receive the 9th Rubens Prize Promotional Award of the City of Siegen on 30th June 2024. The prize-giving will take place during the exhibition opening at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

Sung Tieu creates minimalist environments, working with various media such as installation, sculpture, video, photography, drawing, text and sound. Documents, found objects and memorabilia, even down to the interiors of public offices play a key role. Her works are based on extensive research and are conceived in relation to the exhibition venue’s immediate surroundings and in collaboration with several contributors. Her installations often combine documentary and fictional elements, being characterised by a simple formal language enabling the objects themselves to speak.

Sung Tieu has earned a reputation for works that reflect her own migration experience after the fall of the wall. Born in Vietnam, the artist followed her father, who was working as a contract labourer in the GDR, to a reunified Germany at the age of five. Against this background, her art deals with questions of social responsibility and the impact of bureaucratic power structures and social control. She also examines the global implications of colonialism and the Cold War. The artist concerns herself with the ideological, economic and socio-political structures that determine our coexistence and are manifest in standardisation, measurability and quantifiability. She is interested in the information concealed behind seemingly transparent processes, open data, political news, and everyday objects. The focus is on critical infrastructures determining who and what will become visible.

The exhibition “Without Full Disclosure” across eleven rooms at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen brings together over 50 works from the last seven years, some of which are being shown in Germany for the first time. It provides an overview of artistic strategies and themes such as the influence of French colonisation on cultural standards in Vietnam and beyond, the use of psychological and acoustic weapons in military operations, and the development of energy infrastructures. The Siegen exhibition will also focus on new works that expand on her current study of the risks inherent in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the USA to include German research into shale gas extraction and potential sites for this already identified in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.

The 9th Rubens Prize Promotional Award of the City of Siegen also includes prize money of € 5,000 and a publication. The eponymous publication “Sung Tieu. Without Full Disclosure” will be published by Distanz Verlag; an over 1000-page artist’s book, it includes an introductory text and an interview with the artist. The book can be purchased in the museum shop.

Curator: Thomas Thiel
Assistant Curator: Jessica Schiefer

Sung Tieu / Without Full Disclosure
Jun 30 – Nov 10, 2024
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Siegen, Germany

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