This is water is water is water
by Minh Duc Pham
Based on a musical composition that seeks to formulate a present in the before and after of Narcissus' self-recognition, Minh Duc Pham translates this music score into a visual dimension by creating mirrored pieces. Recombining and reducing itself anew, the act of observing and reflecting becomes entangled in a constant flow, in a sculpture that repeatedly falls away and grows again, to investigate the fragility of the border between identity and environment. In this way, the work eludes the idea of a holistic motif and, through its modular structure, rejects that longing for completion.
Diametrically opposed to Narcissus' transfer to nature, however, Minh Duc Pham's voluminous performative installation casts the view back into an institutional, privileged space, thus placing questions of identity and conformism in a relationship to permanence and fluidity.
Minh Duc Pham, conversations with Binghao Wong and Mahret Kupka for HfG Graduation Studio 2020
Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Dr. phil, is a German art researcher, curator and author and, like Minh Duc Pham, a graduate of the HfG Karlsruhe.
Since 2013, she has been curator for fashion, body and performance at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, among other positions.
Binghao Wong is an artist and art researcher and fellow at MoMA New York in the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) programme, currently based in Singapore.
Editing: Anna Lauenstein
Subtitles: Good&Cheap Art Translators
Photographs: Pham, Minh Duc
How do we read and are read? On which basis do we evaluate what is wrong and right? Rituals of the Now goes deep into holy repetitions and sacred confirmations, some of which one might never locate in present times, while others being so intimately close to us that they would not be graspable without the performative lenses proposed by the featured artists, scenographers and art theorists.
Minh Duc Pham
Together with the curators Mahret Ifeoma Kupka from MAK Frankfurt
and Wong Binghao from MoMA New York, Pham Minh Duc discusses
essential aspects of the installation This is water is water is water
and how the work intersects with the artist's practice.