La mirada mental
Monika Nguyen


Monika Nguyen’s works emphasize her socio-cultural concerns, focusing on extreme and exceptional social situations, setting her work in architectural environments, which acts as stages of her narratives.

When Monika arrived to Argentina she was interested on the current increase of theft and violence against private houses in the city. Her idea was to make photographs of a staged burglary scene at a residential house in Buenos Aires. Like a comic strip, the single photos would narrate the burglaries break into a residential house. However, her first proposal  developed in a much more sophisticated analysis: how the people are suggested about the insecurity and some times (influenced by the news, media and collective psychosis) imagine situations that does not exist at all.

Her works are exhibited at ‘ ace in a digital format. In that way, her photographs are projected in a video, for which the sequence of the story is narrated in a linear manner. She is showing two series of photos shoot in Buenos Aires recently. In the first series a couple of dolls are the supposed victims of their own space. The hidden person, in the second series, is trying to remain unseen from the house owner. Monika’s background as a stage designer for theater, film and photography is present in these series where the protagonist is threatened and stalked in a cold and theatrical architectural scenery.  Through the anxiety of the intrusion of a (unknown) person into an individual space the artist also suggests that it might also be just an appearance in “the mind’s eye”

Monika nguyen
1983 | Baden, Austria
Lives in Vienna, Austria
She develops her work in the fields of installation and photography.

Scenography for Theater and Film, Vienna University of Applied Arts
The Parsons School of Design, New York, USA
Doctorate Theory of Art and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
PhD Theory of Art and Cultural Studies, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

She has carried out artistic residencies in São Paulo, Cairo, Montreal and Beijing.

2009 | Theodor Körne Award
2007 | Kunsthalle Wien Award
University of Applied Arts Scholarship; Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture Grant, Vienna, Austria

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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