Brief CV
Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran was born in Germany, and then was raised up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before she moved back to Germany in 2008. During her law study, Arlette came across to the art community by working as interpreter for various international curators’ visits. Following from 2006 to 2007 she was hired to be curator assistant for Rirkrit Tiravanija and Gridthiya Gaweewong in Saigon Open City project, the first attempt to realize a big-scaled biennale of contemporary art in Vietnam. Following by a period contributing routinely in administrating field in multiple projects in Southeast Asia and Europe, Arlette then decided to intensify her theoretical foundation by moving to Berlin to study history of art and philosophy. Her thesis is about Fluxus' amalgamation of art and life as wisdom producing. Arlette is also a writer on creativeness and contemporary arts for magazines in Vietnam. From February 2013, she works at SanArt, HCMC, to curate and produce artistic activities within local and Southeast Asian region.
Curatorial Statement
When artists work as catalyst providing critical knowledge platform via an aesthetic layer, how can curators be an effective producer for that process? My interest is using art as a stimulus to associate with idea resources. Art’s nature is not merely aesthetic value; art provokes the questions on any existence, if not, it forms new existence realized from research and artistic practice. Curators help turning this existence into open dialogue among artists, specialists, researchers and wide public.