New limited edition by Sung Tieu produced to mark the 75th anniversary of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. This edition uses the geographical coordinates of the ICA to create a stainless steel structure. The artist has created natal charts for themself, and for the "birth date" of the ICA, marking the first exhibition the ICA programmed — 'Forty Years of Modern Art: 1907-1947' — which opened on 9th February 1948, 8:30pm at Academy Hall, 167 Oxford Street, London.
In her practice, the artist examines the culture of information and its institutionalised dynamics of transmission in our societies — whether through archival documents, newspaper columns or astrological interpretations. Working across media, Tieu’s exhibitions meld sculpture, drawing, text, sound and video to investigate the evolving structures and mechanisms of control. Her practice raises questions around equality, belonging and individual sovereignty – often revealing the psychological effects of ideological systems and the politics they engender. Extensive research is set in contrast with an autobiographical query which allows Tieu to simultaneously address the deeply personal as well as the institutionalised structures that frame such individual expression and agency. She has examined how social or political control can be imposed through design – be it of office furniture, household goods or bureaucratic paperwork. Mimicking and exploring the present legacy of Modernism – both art historically and more broadly – Tieu reveals it as an organising force that processes and filters information, often favouring sameness over difference and order over chaos.
Sung Tieu (b. 1987, Vietnam) lives and works in Berlin. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Amant Foundation (2023), MIT List Visual Arts Center (2023) and Kunstmuseum Winterthur (2023). She currently has a solo exhibition at Mudam, Luxembourg (2022) and previous solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2021); Nottingham Contemporary; and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2020). Her work was included in the 34th Bienal de São Paulo and has been exhibited at Museion, Bolzano; Kunsthalle Basel (2021); Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; GAMeC Museum, Bergamo; and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2020). Tieu is the recipient of the Frieze Artist Award 2021 and the 2021 ars viva Prize. She also received the audience award for the 2021 Preis der Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
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