Who Am I ?


August 2011

1: Who am I?

Trong Gia Nguyen.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I am an artist, currently working on a solo exhibition opening at Coleman Burke Gallery in September. Also designing a shoe with Be & D for the 2012 spring, and curating two shows this fall.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I was born in Vietnam, grew up in Oklahoma and Florida, now reside in New York. I am always going in whatever direction the ever increasing speed of universe expansion takes me.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

My parents, who dragged to safety nine kids out of a harrowing war in Vietnam, and worked their tails off their entire lives in a completely foreign country. Reared and reckoned aforementioned kids, and never complained once.

5: What book is your bible?

I only read the last chapters of books. They usually end well or bad. Either way, that’s a pretty accurate depiction of life.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love being alive and striving towards something greater than nihilism. I HATE (maybe that’s too strong a word) angry and selfish people–you know, all the politicians governing every single nation on earth. Every world leader should pass an anger management test before being allowed to represent the common good.

7: What is your raison d’être?

Understanding that one doesn’t have to understand why there is something versus nothing. To exist is to err on the side of giving, sharing, and action versus passivity, judgment, and selfishness.

8: What is your favorite color?

Exploding Starlight.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Maybe Batman. He’s the billionaire vigilante that Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, or Bill Gates lacks the imagination to be.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Leonard Street in Greenpoint.

11: What turns you on?

Self-aware, intellectually curious people who don’t suck or hate.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

How could weapons of mass destruction benefit human kind?

Born in Vietnam, artist and curator Trong now resides in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his work extensively including solo shows at Galerie Quynh in Vietnam in 2009 and the Fruit & Flower Deli in New York in 2008. His group exhibitions include Satellites at the Freies Museum in Berlin, Sequences in Iceland, and Performa in New York. His projects have been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Paper, Village Voice, and many other publications. Recently, Trong finished writing a “lost chapter” to The Da Vinci Code based on the secret love life of Marcel Duchamp. He is currently working on a “Metaphysical GPS” application for the iPhone and his artist-as-company project, Humanitarians Not Heroes.


Came and Went

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Zina Saro-Wiwa

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Trong Gia Nguyen, Rooftop, Brooklyn, Photography by Zina Saro-Wiwa

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