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Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba@ CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, Cincinnati

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s piece “Happy New Year:Memorial Project Vietnam II” is being exhibited at the “Memory Palace” show, currently on display at CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, Cincinnati.

Title: Memory Palace
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Tel: +1 513 345 8400
Dates: September 12, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Monday 10 am-9 pm (FREE after 5 pm, thanks to Macy's*)
Tuesday Closed (CAC STORE is open 11 am-6 pm)
Wednesday - Friday 10 am-6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am-6 pm

Artist: Andro Wekua, Dennis Oppenheim, Franz Ackermann, Guillermo Kuitca, Hans Op de Beeck, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Katrin Sigurdardottir, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ashkin, Mike Womack, Mike Kelley, MK Guth, Nina Katchadourian, Oscar Muñoz, Pam Kravetz, Peter Crnokrak, Robert Smithson, Sarah Francis Hollis, Simon Evans, Spencer Finch, Stan Douglas, Walid Raad, William Kentridge
  • Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba
  • Happy New Year:Memorial Project Vietnam II
  • 2003
  • single channel digital video
  • 15 min.
  • Courtesy:Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo/ the artist, Commissioned and produced by the MATRIX Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA with assistance from The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
The “Memory Palace” is a Greco-Roman technique that prompts its user to remember by populating imagined architectures with a sequential path of memories. By coupling physical and psychological structure, this subjective apparatus turns recollections, impressions and remembrances into the bricks and mortar of a mental dwelling. As one subsequently walks the mind through this fictive floorplan, he/she theoretically reconnects floating parcels into a single, unified tapestry. In practice, such passage reveals the dramatic renovation human memory performs upon history – transforming past events into personal narratives.

On the occasion of the CAC’s 75thanniversary this exhibition will present memory as soft, malleable clay. Rather than galvanizing history or renewing the supposed fixity of facts, Memory Palace will instead revel in remembering as a creative act: highlighting the way our recollections shift actual histories into imperfect, but quintessentially human legacies.