I’m Mel Nguyen, born in Minnesota, USA from Vietnamese immigrant parents, who were among the wave of “boat people” shortly after the Vietnam War. Through lifelong disorientation between cultures and a suburban upbringing, I am increas-ingly searching for ways to identify solidarity in a community of people of color who have similar second generation experiences, but also to form a sense of solidarity in myself as a mental state; to cultivate a sense of belonging and to understand my process of identity formation under Western consumer capitalism.
I went to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, MN for graphic design and sculpture, and took a semester abroad at the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, DE. Previous projects include a live performance for Dream Girls, organized by CCOOLL at The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY, and a video for the Waabizipinikaan-Zibi Filmmaking Residency in rural Wisconsin. Currently I reside in Brooklyn, NY working as a graphic designer and maintaining a personal sculpture practice.