From Vietnam to Rochester: Tran explores the meaning of words and memories


ROCHESTER — The Rochester Art Center is hosting an artist talk on Sunday with Vietnamese-born artist Genie Hien Tran. The Art Center is currently showing Tran’s work in his first-ever solo show in southeastern Minnesota at the Rochester Art Center.

Tran, a 2022 graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is a visual artist and writer. Her show, composed of collages and poetry, explores the concepts of home, belonging and immigrant identity.

The show, titled “Có nắng vàng trên bàn tay nhỏ” (All the light in your hand), explores the chaos and tenderness of memory and identity. The show’s work is influenced by his family albums and branded publicity archives. The exhibition features large sheets of handmade paper filled with collages of personal and found images, objects and texts.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Rochester Art Center and MCAD to give masters students and graduates a wider scope to show their work.

This exhibit is sponsored by the MFA program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The artist was selected by a jury led by Rochester writer and anthropologist Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara.

What: Rochester Art Center presents an artist talk with Vietnamese artist Genie Hien Tran

When: 11 a.m., Sunday, August 7

Where: Rochester Art Center, 30 Civic Center Drive


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