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Truc Truong explores portraiture, assemblage and installation to express her ongoing exploration of social constructs and the nuances of everyday life. Her creative process is rooted in play and animism, often manipulating objects into imagined installations. Drawing inspiration from post-colonialism, her Vietnamese heritage, and a commitment to celebrating joy amid adversity, her work offers a distinctive perspective on these themes. Truong graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) in 2022. She has exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2023; Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, Adelaide 2023; Post Office Projects, Adelaide, 2023; 4A Centre for Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2021; Nexus Arts, Adelaide, 2021; Perth Institute Contemporary Arts, 2020; and The Substation, Melbourne, 2019.

I would like to acknowledge I live and work on the traditional lands of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. As an artist who frequently explores themes of diaspora, displacement, and colonialism in my creative practice, I have a deep appreciation for the rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions of the First Nations peoples who have called this land home for over 65,000 years.  I acknowledge that as a non-Indigenous person pursuing an art practice on this land, it is crucial to recognise the violent and complex history of this place and to continue to learn more about it.

As a Vietnamese-Australian settler, I understand that I am part of a colonial legacy that has impacted the lives and cultures of Indigenous peoples in profound ways. I am committed to showing respect for this history and its ongoing impact by striving to educate myself about the land, its history, and its peoples. This awareness of my status as a settler with a Vietnamese background informs my creative work, and I am always seeking to approach it with mindfulness and respect for the context in which it is created.

Cảm ơn (Vietnamese)
Ngaityalya (Kaurna Warra)

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Jack Fenby

JVDK

Emmaline Zanelli

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