We are happy to announce another group of artists to join Futures this year. The 2 Swiss artists were nominated by Photoforum Pasquart, they are: Thi My Lien Nguyen and Thalles Piaget. They will join the platform’s activities to present their work to international professionals and to network, amongst other opportunities that will be developed for them, including exhibitions, publishing opportunities, portfolio reviews, and more.
Discover more about them:
Thi My Lien Nguyen’s artistic practice delves deep into the complexities of belonging, diasporic realities, and post-migrant stories, transcending geographical boundaries and fostering a profound understanding of human identity. The unique ability of Thi My Lien Nguyen to weave cultural narratives through her art is a testament to her commitment to fostering dialogue, understanding, and cultural exchange. Her approach expands beyond traditional photography, incorporating multimedia elements, community-based work, and immersive installations to create a multisensory experience for viewers. This evolution of her practice promises to deepen our emotional connection and understanding of the complex themes she explores.
A significant part of Thi My Lien Nguyen's artistic exploration is her deeply personal project, "Three Grains of Rice and Some Gold." It's an examination of loss, grief, and the path to healing in the context of migration and (after)care. Through a fusion of archival and original photography, Thi My Lien Nguyen navigates the complexities of identity, displacement, and belonging. She invites viewers to contemplate universal themes of death, grief, and migration, sparking conversations about cultural preservation and adaptation in today's world.
In addition to her artistic endeavours, Thi My Lien Nguyen has embarked on a culinary journey with "Mili’s Supperclub." This initiative is not just about food; it's a gateway to understanding the richness of Vietnamese culture. It also serves as a platform exploring how discussions around food raise questions that intersect with critical societal issues like identity, racism, migration and colonialism. Through her Supperclub, she encourages openness, respect, and acceptance of the complexities inherent in these themes.
Thalles Piaget artistic quest is centred on capturing moments that dwell in the ephemeral realm, moments that teeter on the precipice of existence. With an alchemical touch, he seeks to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, to breathe life into the intangible, and to capture the fleeting essence of life itself. His lens becomes a bridge between dreams and reality, beckoning viewers to question what is truly there. In selecting Thalles Piaget for our talent programme, we recognize his unique position at the intersection of humanity and technology, dreams and reality. His art invites us to reexamine our digital existence and savour the fragile instants that often slip through the crevices of our fast-paced lives.
In his series "Luz azul," Thalles dissects the intricate relationship between humans and technology. The luminous screen, acting as a bridge between minds and machines, becomes his canvas for exploration. He stretches time, freezes its flow, and captures the abstract reflections of our digital existence. His work transports us to a dreamlike-digital universe, a world we navigate daily but seldom pause to contemplate. Thalles Piaget's work renders the intangible tangible, encouraging us to engage with the digital realm through our senses.
Thalles's artistic journey goes beyond mere documentation. He probes the interstitial spaces between subject and camera, capturing moments that evade the casual observer. His work challenges the ubiquitous use of digital imagery in our lives, inviting us to question the boundaries between reality and abstraction. Paradoxically, photography serves as both his medium and muse, a relationship steeped in profound contemplation.