Art Exhibition


“I must feel pleasure when exhibiting written works, something that meets the experience of gaze, a space that is fragile and powerful at the same time.”

Aligning with the conference theme “Marguerite Duras and the Arts,” this exhibition of art works by Thu Van Tran engages the process of writing with its materiality and takes the book as a starting point of formal digressions.

Thu Van Tran is a visual artist whose research addresses the impact of memory on raw material. Her work on the process of writing engages with the physicality of language.
She was born in 1979 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and lives in France.
Thu Van Tran is represented by the Meesen De Clercq gallery (Brussels, BE). She has had several solo exhibitions, including at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin, DE), the Musée des Abattoirs (Toulouse, FR) and La Maison Rouge (Paris, FR). She also participated in Art Basel Statement (CH). Her work has been exhibited at the Art Sonje Centre in Seoul, the Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul, as well as at the Plateau-Frac Ile-de-France and at the Crédac (FR). In 2014, she co-curated (with Jean Max Colard) Duras Song, an exhibition devoted to the work of Marguerite Duras held at the Bpi of the Centre Pompidou.

This exhibition is organised with the support of SIMD, the French Embassy in Australia, The Department of French and Francophone Studies, the School of Languages and Cultures and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Exhibition Poster

29th June to 2nd July
Macleay Museum
University of Sydney
More information:
A/Prof Michelle Royer
29th June at 6pm


On the occasion of the international symposium: 'Marguerite Duras et les Arts' organized by Michelle Royer (Department of French Studies, University of Sydney) in partnership with 'Société Internationale Marguerite Duras', from 29 June to 1 July 2016, Thu Van Tran grace us with her presence in Sydney.

Thu Van Tran is a renowned Franco-Vietnamese visual artist who was born in 1979.

She has devoted a large part of her work to Marguerite Duras, the French novelist, best known for writing the 1959 film Hiroshima Mon Amour.

Join us on Thursday 30 June at the Alliance Française de Sydney for a talk with Thu Van Tran. The artist will present her exhibition named "Duras Song" which took place at Pompidou Centre in Paris from 15 October 2014 to 12 of January 2015.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Michelle Royer.

THU VAN TRAN "DURAS SONG" à l'Alliance Française de Sydney

30th June at 6.30pm
Alliance Française de Sydney (LEVEL 13)
257 Clarence Sreet
Sydney NSW 2000
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