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‘Fanatic Heart’ Online Talk with Diane Severin Nguyen and Jakub Grzybała

Feb 20, 2023
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon, 20 Feb 2023, 9pm HKT/2pm CET/8am EST
Zoom ID: 821 6574 0970
Passcode: 758335
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Moderated by Cusson Cheng, curator of ‘Fanatic Heart’


In this session, curator of ‘Fanatic Heart’ Cusson Cheng will moderate a conversation between participating artist Diane Severin Nguyen and Jakub Grzybała, a member of the Warsaw K-pop dance cover group, Majesty Team. The discussion will touch upon the significance of K-pop for the Polish and Vietnamese communities, with a behind-the-scenes look at the production of IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS, on view in the exhibition, as well as addressing the entanglements among musicality, emotional emancipation, and social revolution implicated by K-pop as a genre.

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About the speakers

Diane Severin Nguyen

Diane Severin Nguyen is an artist who works with photography, video, and installation. Her photography hybridises the organic and the synthetic into amalgam sculptures, held together by the parameters of a photographic moment, and her video work expands that moment into a layered cultural and historical context. She has had solo exhibitions at SculptureCentre, New York (2022); Renaissance Society, Chicago (2022); and Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2022). Nguyen’s films have been screened at Yebisu Festival, Tokyo; IFFR, Rotterdam; Berlinale, Berlin; and New York Film Festival. Recent group exhibitions have been held at 58th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2022–2023); ‘GHOST 2565 Triennial’, Bangkok (2022); Greater New York 2021 at MoMA PS1, New York (2021); Hammer Museum and The Huntington (2020–2021); and ‘Bodies of Water: 13th Shanghai Biennale’, Power Station of Art (2021). Nguyen earned a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and an MFA from Bard College in 2020. 


Jakub Grzybała

Jakub Grzybała (20) is a student currently based in Warsaw. His specific interest in K-pop informs his wider interest in dance culture. He’s been dancing since he was five years old and co-founded the dance cover group Majesty Team three years ago. Currently, Majesty Team is the biggest dance group in Poland, branching into aspects of dance culture including workshops and contests. He is one of the dancers cast in Diane Severin Nguyen’s video work IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS (2021), on view in ‘Fanatic Heart’.