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Lena Bui

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Research Centre: Oxford University Clinical Research Unit

“I was born in Danang and currently live and work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I like to collect stories, true or mythical, and weave them into my own narratives. These combined stories are portrayed through mixed media that serve to question and explore changes in lifestyle and perception in a community over time.” Lena Bui

While in residence, Lena will be exploring zoonosis research and the relationship between animals and people. The outcomes of her residency will include an exhibition at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum in partnership with Sàn Art.

  • First impressions

    First impressions

    Anecdotes of the animal-human interface and site-specific researches at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit.

  • Interests and approach

    Interests and approach

    "At the abattoir in Dong Thap many butchers worked without shoes or shirts. Pig skin and human skin are surprisingly similar."

  • Production


    "They would come by every now and then to ask me what it was and what they saw in the thing. Some said they saw an elephant, some said ox, others said chicken and that it made them hungry."

  • Final outcomes

    Final outcomes

    "With the advancement of technology, scientists are able to take pictures of their samples, but artists bring those images into ordinary life."


Lena began her residency in March 2012.

Lena Bui's residency blog
Lena Bui’s CV [PDF, 95KB]

Image: Lena Bui. Photo © Matt Lucero, 2012

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