19 September 2017 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dia Projects presents Persona, the second solo show by Vietnamese artist Tuyp Tran.
In Psyche, Tuyp’s first exhibition, the artist sought to confront the contradictions and desires of the mind, repackaging them in allegorical and alluring imagery. In Persona, Tuyp zooms out a little and raises many questions which are made visible through an exploration of religious, political and scientific narratives. Where do we get our personalities from? How do we navigate with the gulf between what we think we are and how we are perceived? To what extent are we in control of this process?
In the collection’s largest piece, we see a psychedelic skyline with boozy figures emerging from a forest of shape and colour. These strange portraits loom large in front of a speckled sky that is fiery, moonlit and amethyst. They are thrilling personas: charged, sexualised, depraved and leering, and Tuýp uses patterns and symbols to connect them irrevocably to their environment, giving the sense that they melt into one at the base.
Our notions of ‘persona’ then, like the pieces in this exhibition, present themselves ambiguously. They come from somewhere, but their origins are dazzling and difficult to discern.