Mary Nguyen | Solo exhibition

Next date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020 | 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Artwork called Pretty Nails by Mary Nguyen

Mary Thi Nguyen is a local Vietnamese-Australian artist who received a Blacktown Arts Pat Parker Residency in 2019. She is also a part of the Blacktown Arts Open studio group of local artists.

Mary’s residency dealt with issues that Vietnamese women struggle with when they migrate here. With their limited English skills, they find jobs in the beauty and nail industry. This is an area of employment they think will allow expression of their beauty ideals. However, they are frequently exploited. Mary completed a diploma course in beauty therapy when she migrated to Australia so she could work in this field.

Working in the nail industry exposes them to chemical and dust hazards that can have long lasting impacts on their health. Exposure to the harmful chemicals can decrease one’s fertility, cause cancer, respiratory problems, skin diseases, birth defects and miscarriages.

For this project, Mary visited a number of nail and beauty salons in Blacktown and Western Sydney to interview women. As no one was willing to speak, she focused on her own experience to create the works for this exhibition.

To UnMask features Mary’s work for the Pat Parker Residency and the Blacktown Arts Open studio.

The exhibition is open until 26 September 2020.

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When

  • Friday, 04 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday, 05 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Friday, 11 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday, 12 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Friday, 18 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday, 19 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Friday, 25 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday, 26 September 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Location

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown 2148  View Map

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