My-Lan Hoang-Thuy’s artistic practice encompasses a variety of forms, blurring the boundaries between different media, using photography as well as painting, drawing, and graphic art in her compositions. Although the works exhibited here all have a similar structure – they are made with acrylic paint, with the artist mixing the colours herself – they do not necessarily follow a predefined hierarchy or blueprint.
On the walls of the Studio, wallpapered for the occasion with a cream-colored velvet fabric, Hoang-Thuy exhibits some sixty works produced over the last few years. Following a chromatic arrangement, the artist alternates colors and compositions where only her body, a recurring figure in the works presented here, establishes thematic continuity. The artist opposes the distinct apprehension of her body’s forms with a refusal in the form of games. She modulates her anatomy, lengthening or shortening it, diversifying her poses, thereby diverting our gaze. Alone, in a large-format work created especially for her exhibition at the MEP, Hoang-Thuy represents herself more legibly. In this photograph, she clearly holds the camera’s shutter release, reminding us that she exhibits according to her own rules.
On the occasion of this exhibition, a publication presenting all of My-Lan Hoang-Thuy’s works will be published by Bernard Chauveau.
My-Lan Hoang-Thuy graduated in applied arts from École Duperré (2015) and Beaux-arts de Paris (2018). In 2018, she was nominated for the Prix des Amis des Beaux-Arts and awarded the Graduate Photography Prize. She has taken part in several group exhibitions, including the Salon de Montrouge (2018), the Artpress Biennale des Jeunes Artistes, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne (2020), Cloud Point, Paradis Row, London (2022) and on the occasion of Cartes blanches, Christie’s, Paris (2023). In 2022, the exhibition Belle Orchidée, Pissenlit Passable marks the beginning of a collaboration between the artist and Galerie Mitterrand. In spring 2024, the artist will take up residency at La Maison des arts Yishu 8 in Beijing.
My-Lan Hoang-Thuy, Papiers, Feuilles et Ampersands 11, 2020.
Photo : Axel Fried. Courtesy de l’artiste et de la Galerie Mitterrand © Adagp, Paris, 2023