ABOUT

AN LAPHAN (b. 1990) is a German moving-image artist and assemblagist of Vietnamese heritage working between Munich and Karlsruhe. His works deal with the representation of thresholds, in-between states, ancient wounds, notional voids between things, the loss of oral histories, meditations on the idea of absence, doorsteps between map and territory, the cartography of the body, digital manipulation of skin, the dissection of the ritual, the process of praying, image fetishism and the deconstruction of his anime-fueled aesthetics.

His practice revolves around a psychological examination of the moving image in all its forms – the cinematic, the clip, the computer-generated, the manipulation of the still image, the recorded space – in which he tries to resolve his contrasting tendencies between the fetishized image and the responsibility of image creation and representation. This study of imagery is redistributed into the array of media he operates in: video installation, film, photography, assemblage and installation.

His recent work centers around research and documentary work conducted in the United States and Japan about testimonies by South Vietnamese boat refugees and extreme Buddhist practices, respectively.

He studied New Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich as a master-class student (Meisterschüler) under Prof. Klaus vom Bruch from 2010 on and graduated 2018 with a diploma degree in Fine Arts. Furthermore, he was participant of the project class Prof. Julian Rosefeldt.

In 2014/15, he received the scholarship for the exchange program of the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs Baden-Württemberg. In his time there, he was trained in Video Art under Prof. Isaac Julien and Film Studies and Screenwriting under Prof. Razvan Radulescu.

In 2018 and 2019 he was awarded the USA-Scholarship of the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and the Arts and the Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa Residency, respectively.


SCHOLARSHIPS, RESIDENCIES, NOMINATIONS

2019

GOETHE-INSTITUT VILLA KAMOGAWA
Residency programme by the Goethe-Institut in Kyoto, Japan

2018

USA-SCHOLARSHIP OF THE BAVARIAN STATE MINISTRY OF SCIENCES AND THE ARTS
Cultural exchange and project scholarship programme for the United States of America

2016

KARL & FABER PRIZE OF THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS MUNICH FOUNDATION
Nomination

2015

SCHOLARSHIP OF THE GERMAN NATIONAL ACADEMIC FOUNDATION
Nomination

2014

SCHOLARSHIP OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
Scholarship and exchance program with the KARLSRUHE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN (New Media Art Department)


EDUCATION

2010-2018

ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS MUNICH
Meisterschüler of Prof. KLAUS VOM BRUCH (New Media Art); project class Prof. JULIAN ROSEFELDT (Time-Based Media)

2014-2015

KARLSRUHE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN
Student of Prof. ISAAC JULIEN (Video Art) and Prof. RAZVAN RADULESCU (Film Studies and Screenwriting)


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019

INNERCIRCLE – Färberei Köşk, Munich
Group Exhibition by Bernhard Brnzn McQueen, Jakob Gilg, Benedikt Hipp, Ben Kaufmann, Markus Keibel, Valerie von Könemann, An Laphan, Anna Ley, Christine Liebich, Timur Lukas, Lennart Münchenhagen, Lisa Reitmeier, Laurentius Sauer, Thomas Weidenhaupt, Martin Wöhrl, Esther Zahel

2018

IMAGINARY DISPLAY(S) – B’NK’R, Munich
Group Exhibition, curated by Marie-France Rafael.

CARTOGRAPHIST – Academy Of Fine Arts Munich
Graduation Exhibition.

2017

PANORAMA II – Academy Of Fine Arts Munich
Group Exhibition of the Academy Class (Prof. Klaus vom Bruch).

STOP MAKING SENSE, IT’S AS GOOD AS IT GETS. – B’NK’R, Munich
Conceptual programme, curated by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm.

KOPFKINO – Dachauer Wasserturm, Dachau
Group Exhibition with Wolf-Roberto Schimpf, Nils Schneitz, Cigdem Aky, Julia Emslander, Eva-Marlene Etzel, Lea Grebe, Dana Greiner, Sebastian Schönfeld, Katharina Lehmann, Analía Martínez, Patrick Ostrowsky, Lena Policzka, Julian Rabus with SUPER REALITY & Florian Tenk, curated by KOORDINATEN (Sophie-Charlotte Bombeck, Ava Lahmann, Bernhard Wolf and Irina Antoniu)

KINO DER KUNST – Nir Altman Galerie, Munich
Group Exhibition with Noa Gur and Dionis Erscorsa

ANCESTOR SIMULATION – Kunstarkaden, Munich
Group Exhibition with D.A.Y., Iason Konstantinou, Janina Totzauer, Jonas Mayer, Lia Melissa Wehrs, Patrick Tircher, Vanessa Ivan, Violetta Abate, curated by Mehmet Dayi.

2016

JAHRESGABEN – Kunstverein München, Munich
Group Exhibition, curated by Post Brothers.

KARL & FABER PREIS DER STIFTUNG KUNSTAKADEMIE MÜNCHEN – Stiftung Federkiel, Munich
Group Exhibition.

PANORAMA – Academy Of Fine Arts Munich
Group Exhibition of the Academy Class (Prof. Klaus vom Bruch).

2015 

ZIMMER FREI – Hotel Mariandl, Munich
Group Exhibition with Simone Kessler, Johannes Evers, Bianca Patricia, Federico Delfrati, Timur Lukas, Lenka Richterová, Mari Iwamoto, Despo Sophocleous, Johannes Karl, Julia Pfaller, Moritz Kipphardt, Anton Bošnjak, Gülbin Ünlü, curated by Mehmet Dayi.

HIPPOCAMPUS – Academy Of Fine Arts Munich
Group Exhibition of the Academy Class (Prof. Klaus vom Bruch).

2014 

NOTENFELDER – Zurich Bezirksdirektion Maximilian Koch, Munich
Group Exhibition with Afshin Karimi Fard, Constanze Stumpf, Diogo da Cruz, Despo Sophocleous, Federico Delfrati, Florentin Berner,  Gülbin Ünlü, Hyojoo Jang, Ieva Jakusonoka, Jan Hashagen, Janine Mackenroth, Johanna Klingler, Julia Klemm, Karin Schedlbauer, Katharina Zink, Mira Sattelberger, Klaudia Kolaric, Laurentius Sauer, Lenka Richterová, Mari Iwamoto, Pio Ziltz, Sebastian Schönfeld, Simone Kessler, Timur Lukas, Yoojin Jang, Yeonsoo Kim, curated by Mehmet Dayi.

SEEKULT FESTIVAL – Caserne, Friedrichshafen
Group Exhibition.

2013

PARASITEN – Academy Of Fine Arts Munich
Group Exhibition of the Academy Class (Prof. Klaus vom Bruch).

2012

JAHRESAUSSTELLUNG – Academy Of Fine Arts Munich
Group Exhibition of the Academy Class (Prof. Klaus vom Bruch).

2011

JAHRESAUSSTELLUNG – Academy Of Fine Arts Munich
Group Exhibition of the Academy Class (Prof. Klaus vom Bruch).

HEILIG! – Pavillon 21 Mini Opera Space, Munich
Group Exhibition.