Diane Severin Nguyen

Artadia Awardee

Diane Severin Nguyen is the recipient of the 2023 Arison Artadia Award.

Diane Severin Nguyen is an artist who works with photography, video, and installation. Nguyen currently lives and works in New York. Nguyen received her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Recent selected solo exhibitions include SculptureCenter, New York (2022); Renaissance Society, Chicago (2022); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2022); and Maison Européenne de la Photographie (2023). Nguyen’s films have been screened at New York Film Festival, New York; IFFR, Rotterdam; Berlinale, Berlin; and Yebisu Festival, Tokyo. Recent group exhibitions have been held at the Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (2023), the 58th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2022–2023); ‘GHOST 2565 Triennial’, Bangkok (2022); Greater New York 2021 at MoMA PS1, New York (2021); Made in LA at the Hammer Museum and The Huntington (2020–2021); and ‘Bodies of Water: 13th Shanghai Biennale’, Power Station of Art (2021).

Diane Severin Nguyen’s photography hybridizes 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. Nguyen is particularly interested in exceeding the image as a document, and rather exploring forms of image-making that speak to desire and transformation.