Frieze London

Sung Tieu

13 – 17 October, 2021

Frieze Focus Stand H9, Regent’s Park, London

For Frieze 2021, Emalin is pleased to present new works by German Vietnamese artist Sung Tieu (b.1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam). Alongside a set of framed works on paper that reproduce historic documents from the German Federal Archives, Tieu presents a series of objects produced by Vietnamese contract workers in the German Democratic Republic (GDR, formerly East Germany). Two large-scale steel panels clad the walls to form an immersive environment on either side of the objects. Silk-screened and abstracted into altered form, the panels evoke associations to Modernist and Minimalist art, which were instrumentalized during the Cold War as a means of binding a critical Western audience to the capitalist doctrine of the USA. The presentation weaves together ready-mades, text and installation to consider the relationship between work and life, as well as the individual in relation to greater social systems. 

 

 

Sung Tieu, Frieze London, 13-17 October 2021
Sung Tieu, Frieze London, 13-17 October 2021
Sung Tieu, Frieze London, 13-17 October 2021
Sung Tieu, Frieze London, 13-17 October 2021
Sung Tieu, 722, 2021, silkscreen on polished stainless steel, printed pattern from VEB Vowetex, screws, rosettes, 250 x 208.1 x 2 cm
Sung Tieu, 722, 2021, silkscreen on polished stainless steel, printed pattern from VEB Vowetex, screws, rosettes, 250 x 208.1 x 2 cm (alternative view)
Sung Tieu, House Rules, 2021 stamp on digital print, framed, in two parts, each: 32.1 x 23.4 cm
Sung Tieu, The Earth And The Sky, 2021, bed and pillow sheets VEB Vowetex, duvet, pillow, metal wire with framed Work Contract, stamp on digital print, 34 x 67 x 50 cm
Sung Tieu, 631, 2021, silkscreen on unpolished stainless steel, printed pattern from VEB Vowetex, screws, rosettes, 250 x 208.1 x 2 cm
Sung Tieu, 631, 2021, silkscreen on unpolished stainless steel, printed pattern from VEB Vowetex, screws, rosettes, 250 x 208.1 x 2 cm (alternative view)
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