The exhibition Sleep, then See is the result of recent Nguyễn Quốc Thành’s residency in Szczecin and Sopot. The show features works created during the residency alongside Thành’s previous projects held in collaboration with other artists, including Nhà Sàn Collective, in which he works and exhibits at this year’s Documenta 15 in Kassel.
Sleep and dream activities provide the key to Thành’s stay in Poland and his exhibition at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin. Sleep, then See is a proposal to move to a state of suspension rather than an invitation to inactivity. It throws a bridge between here and there, the past and the future, the artist and the viewers. It is a potential situation, neither fully closed nor fully controlled, similar to dreaming. The show in which flamboyant queer fantasy is mixed with a longing for foreign countries and one’s own place of origin. Exhibition-journey: Vietnam, Poland, with everything in between and everything elsewhere.
Nguyễn Quốc Thành lives in Hanoi, Vietnam and works as artist and curator. His works explore issues of queer aesthetics and activism. He co-founded Nhà Sàn Collective, the independent artist collective in Hanoi. In 2013, he founded and organized Queer Forever!, the first queer art festival in Vietnam. It has since become a space for queer art exhibitions, film festivals, film screenings, gathering, and discussions, to share love and knowledge on queerness and Vietnamese culture. Thành has participated in performance art festivals, exhibitions, and conferences in Japan, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam. His latest work ưhưh22 is part of the Nhà Sàn Collective project featured at Documenta 15 in Kassel, Germany.