Richard Streitmatter-Tran

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September Sweetness, September 2008 Sugar 2.6 Meters/12 Ft High © r. streitmatter-tran
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Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City
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collective, research installation, video-art, performance, photography, conceptual, sculpture

Richard STREITMATTER-TRAN (b. 1972, Bien Hoa, Vietnam) is an artist living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He received his degree in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited internatonally including Kandada Art Space in Tokyo, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong, the Singapore Biennale (2008/2006), Ke Center for Contemporary Art in Shanghai (2008), Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Eslite Gallery in Taiwan, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale (2007), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, Asia Art Now at Arario Beijing, 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival, Gwangju Biennale (2004), the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, Chula Art Center in Bangkok, the Asiatopia Performance Art Festival, and Art Tech Media 06 in Barcelona. In 2011, exhibitions include The Singapore Art Museum/Centre Pompidou video exhibition at SAM, The Asia Triennial in Manchester and the 4th Guangzhou Triennale.

He was an arts correspondent for the Madrid-based magazine Art.Es and and Ho Chi Minh City editor for Contemporary and has published in several catalogs and periodicals. In 2005 he received the Martell Contemporary Asian Art Research Grant from the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong for his year-long research project, Mediating the Mekong. He was Teaching Assistant at Harvard University (2000-2004), conducted media arts research at the MIT Media Lab (2000) and a visiting lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University in 2003. He was an advisor to the Para/Site Curatorial Programme in Hong Kong. He is currently a lecturer at RMIT International University Vietnam.

Upon relocating to Vietnam in 2003, he helped form ProjectOne, a Ho Chi Minh City-based performance art group now defunct. Two years later he became a founding member of Mogas Station, a group of international creators (artists and architects) based in Ho Chi Minh City, working to promote and present contemporary art in Vietnam. Its members came together in 2005 to create Ạart, the very first artist initiated bilingual contemporary arts magazine in Vietnam launched at the Singapore Biennale 2006. Their second major work, Rokovoko, premiered at the 52nd Venice Biennale as an official collateral event with Migration Addicts project.

For the Singapore Biennale 2008, he collaborated with Burmese artist Chaw Ei Thein to create September Sweetness, an life-sized pagoda constructed entirely from 6 tons of sugar that slowly eroded throughout the life of the exhibition.

As co-curator he developed The Mekong exhibition with Russell Storer of the Queensland Art Gallery for the 6th Asia Pacific Triennale (APT6) in 2009.

In 2010, he established DIA/PROJECTS, a contemporary art experiment and studio space in Ho Chi Minh City. Activities include speculative investigations into contemporary cultures of science, theory and art. Projects have included collaborations with CIANT (Prague), The Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), The Japan Foundation and The Japan Society. In its first year, dia/projects hosted three researchers-in-residence from Bangkok, Manila and New York.