Melissa Nguyen: Water Street by Night

West Space presents new work by Melissa Nguyen (Vic) in our micro-project space, the West Space Window. Water Street by Night is a print-based painting exploring Vietnam’s relationship with replication and mechanical reproduction through methods of appropriation.

With source imagery from the Vietnamese Cabaret Show, Paris by Night, the work uses bootleg aesthetics as a filter to consider notions of Orientalism and Western perceptions, diasporic cultural experiences, and personal nostalgia.

In 2023, Melissa was the inaugural West Space artist-in-residence, awarded a fully subsidised studio directly above our gallery and office, as part of our partnership with Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts.

1 March—6 April

West Space

30 Perry St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

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