Boone Nguyen is an artist of the Southeast Asian diaspora. His installation work uses photography, observational video and soundscapes to explore how the cultural and spiritual practices of displaced communities connect them to their history, build community, and transform places that have been subjected to social and economic dislocation. His immersive multimedia installation, Đi thì không có đường về (Leave,then there is no way home), was commissioned by the Asian Arts Initiative, with original funding from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia. The exhibit opened in May 2018 as a part of Asian Arts Initiative's (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence project.
Boone Nguyen was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. When he was seven, his family left Saigon and resettled as refugees in South Philadelphia. Nguyen has served in curatorial and management positions in community arts organizations, including Asian Arts Initiative, Frameline, and Scribe Video Center. He holds a B.A. from Yale University in American Studies, with a minor in Asian American Studies. As a Cota-Robles Fellow, he earned an M.A. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Nguyen is a recipient of a 2018/19 MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and funded by the Jerome Foundation. Photo: Donna Backues