Today we’d like to introduce you to Ngoc-Tran Vu.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ngoc-Tran. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to the US in the early 90’s with my family as political refugees. I grew up in the working-class neighborhoods of Dorchester and South Boston. Ever since I was young, I have always been drawn to the arts and started taking classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in the third grade. Then in high school and college, I became interested in community engagement and organizing work to advocate for social justice issues. When I realized that I can merge my two passions of using the arts as tools of community engagement, I realize I can create socially engaged art which is the heart of my work and practice these days.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Yes and no. The challenges have been ultimately staying on my creative journey while continuing the fight for social justice. The arts don’t always pay either so being ways to sustain myself through unconventional paths have always been part of my hustle. Nevertheless, my commitment to socially engaged art and fulfilling my curiosity over the years have opened many doors in terms of resources and opportunities. I feel very blessed to be where I am.
Multimedia artist and organizer – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a multimedia and transnational artist and cultural producer whose work draws from my experience as a community organizer and healer. I specialize in socially engaged art and advocating for my communities. What sets me apart from others is that I know what my mission and vision are. I also help and guide others along the way as well because our work is all interconnected.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I recently led the mural project in Dorchester titled “Community in Action: A Mural for the Vietnamese People.” I am very proud of this accomplishment because it was truly a community collaborative endeavor that comprised of a steering committee made of intergenerational and local residents and a group of young artists. Everyone was committed to creating a mural that celebrates the Vietnamese community with the central themes of cultural narrative, unity, and growth. Check out our blog: http://www.ngoctranvu.com/community-in-action-a-mural-for-viet-folks-in-fields-corner/
- Mural site: 1370 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122
- Website: www.ngoctranvu.com
- Twitter: @TranzSonic
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