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11:40 - 13:10 - Block 2: Post-Socialist
Memory and Identity
Denisa Tomková - Empowering Aesthetics of Vietnamese Diaspora Artists in Post-Socialist Central Europe

Organised by:

Branislava Kuburović (School of Art and Design, Prague City University),

Irena Řehořová (Fakulta humanitních studií, Karlova univerzita)

Ondřej Váša (Fakulta humanitních studií, Karlova univerzita


Open Day at FHS Charles University

On 1 February 2024, the Faculty of Humanities will open its doors to all those interested in studying. Lecture "Who's free here, or is emancipation not just Barbie" will take place at 14:45.


In a column and newsletter called Five Books, the selected person recommends five books in an area they understand. On January 10, 2024, the theatre scholar and book editor Zuzana Andrejco Ferusová selects these 5 books, including Wandering Concepts (ed. Denisa Tomková).

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FLASH ART #70, 12/2023-3/2024, Czech & Slovak Edition, published a book review of the book Wandering Concepts/Putujúce koncepty, edited by Denisa Tomková, published by Kunsthalle Bratislava. The book review by Dáša Oršuliaková.

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Triaška and Čejka_FM

Radio_FM | Wednesday 4.10.2023

Olja talks about the exhibition "Nhớ: The Space Between One End and the Other" at the Kunsthalle Bratislava, with curators Kvet Nguyen and Denisa Tomkova.


"She has worked at universities in the USA and the UK, where she also earned a PhD in visual culture. She taught at the Centre for Audiovisual Studies at FAMU and also directed the editorial programme of the Bratislava Kunsthalle. Here, among other things, together with Kvet Nguyen, she prepared the exhibition Nhớ: Space Between One End and the Other, which presents the work of young artists belonging to the second generation of the Vietnamese diaspora. Her work at the art institution is summarised in a recently published book - an anthology of texts expanding on the themes of each exhibition, Wandering Concepts. Denisa Tomková, Ph.D., will be preparing her next publication at the Faculty of Humanities, where she will start as an assistant professor at the Department of Art Theory and Production in October. In a hushed faculty building before the start of the semester, we talk together about the upcoming book and upcoming courses, the art of the Vietnamese minority, and the sense of loss of home." 23.09.2023

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Nhớ: Space Between One End and the Other

Participating artists: Maithu Bùi / Diana Cam Van Nguyen / Kimberly Nguyen / Kvet Nguyen / Minh Thang Pham / Anna Tran / Quynh Trang Tran / Nhu Xuan Hua

06.09. - 13.10. 2023

Kunsthalle Bratislava

Curated by: Kvet Nguyen and Denisa Tomková


Denisa Tomková. "Project ERROR: Potential for Care Beyond Exhibitions" in Stella Rollig, Christiane Erharter (eds.) Robert Gabris. This Space Is Too Small For Our Bodies (2023, Belveder 21, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther & Franz König)  ISBN 978-3-7533-0535-6

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The book Wandering Concepts acknowledges the connectiveness of the peripheries and seeing ourselves situated in the transnational network. Opening to “wandering concepts” also means opening to critical thinking, to ideas, to sharing spaces and to understanding our local position in relation to the global system (political and historical forces). Through access to this common language of “wandering concepts”, we can imagine the alternative world we want to create. The essays in this anthology expand on the concepts proposed by Kunsthalle Bratislava’s exhibition programming, by providing further critical discursive thinking in the form of essays and poems by international thinkers. The book is divided into six chapters based on each exhibition project that these essays relate to.


Contributors / Autori*ky textov: Sara Ahmed, Laura Amann, Jay Bernard, Jos Boys, Judith Butler, Simone R. Caljouw, Elio Choquette, Emanuele Coccia, Angela Dimitrakaki, Luki Essender, Mikkel Krause Frantzen, Marina Garcés, Jack Halberstam, Aziza Harmel, Walidah Imarisha, Barbara Kapusta, Grant Kester, Dávid Koronczi, Jen Kratochvil, Sophie Lewis, Paul Maheke, José Esteban Muñoz, Lola Olufemi, Lara Perry, Julius Pristauz, Legacy Russell, Raoni Saleh, Joy Mariama Smith, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Rob Withagen


Editor/ Editorka: Denisa Tomková

Translation / Preklady: Denisa Tomková

Copyediting and proofreading / Jazykové korektúry: Zuzana Andrejco Ferusová, Denisa Tomková

Graphic Design / Grafický dizajn: Lukáš Kollár

Supported by / Projekt podporili: ERSTE Stiftung, VŠVU


Interview for Flash Art Czech & Slovak Edition,  67, 2023.

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Exhibition: 3.11 - 2.12. 2022

Slovak Institute, Budapest


What is identity and how is it shaped and influenced by its environment? How can a diasporic community shape and preserve its collective memory and how can it avoid ‘collective amnesia’ (Koleka Putuma)? Memory, the notion of belonging and the diasporic identity of the Slovak-Vietnamese community is shaped by diverse influences and experiences. Often photography facilitates the preservation of memories and serves as a reminder of distant places. However, at the same time, photography is an imperial and colonial tool.

A Vietnamese-American essayist and poet Ocean Vuong writes:

‘In Vietnamese, the word for missing someone and remembering them is the same: nhớ. Sometimes, when you ask me over the phone, Con nhớ mẹ không? I flintch, thinking you meant, Do you remember me?

I miss you more than I remember you.’


It could be used as a metaphor for reading Nguyen’s artistic practice. When growing up in a diaspora, memory is a crucial part of who you are. Her work is about experiencing a feeling of otherness and overcoming it through artistic practice that encompasses two aspects of diasporic story: missing and at the same time trying to remember the family’s history, culture and personal story. In the case of Kvet Nguyen, this story is told through photography.






How Does a Collective End? An Interview with Robert Gabris and Ľuboš Kotlár

Interview for Momus

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We would like to invite you to the opening of the exhibition STILL HERE at Old Town Gallery Zichy in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 12th September, 2022 at 19:00. The group exhibition featuring work of Ksenia Bilyk (UA), Peter Brandt (DK), Amir Chasson (GB/IL), Artistka Chuprynenko (UA), Maika Dieterich (DE), Petra Garajová (SK), Charmaine de Heij (NL), Jena Jang (KR), Marc Lee (CH), Agata Milizia (IT), Petra Nela Pučeková (SK), Ojo Taiye (NG), will take place until 2nd October, 2022. The exhibition is curated by the civic association päť & pól (Oleksandra Bakushina, Lucia Gamanová, Kvet Nguyen, Eva Takácsová) and Denisa Tomková.


Opening: 12.09. 2022, 19:00 

Exhibition: 13.09 - 2.10. 2022

Old Town Gallery Zichy, Ventúrska 265, Bratislava, Slovakia 

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 15:00-19:00


The exhibition will be accompanied by a supporting programme:

  • 18.09.2022 at 20:00, as part of the White Night Bratislava, performance Spiritual Container by artist Jena Jang and with participation of Ivana Marína Hollá.

  • 30.09.2022, as part of the festival Zaži Zichy, performance by singer-songwriter Artistka Chuprynenho accompanied by a public discussion on the topic of cultural inclusion with the civic association Mareena.




EEP Berlin

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