Artist, Curator and Co-Founder
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
R. Streitmatter-Tran (b. 1972, Bien Hoa, Vietnam) is an artist based in Ho Chi Minh City. He received his degree in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
His work, solo and collaborative, has been exhibited in several cities in the United States, Europe and Asia including the 52nd Venice Biennale; Asia Triennial Manchester 2011, 4th Guanghou Triennale, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, the Singapore Biennale 2006 and 2008; the 2004 Gwangju Biennale; 2005 Pocheon Asian Art Festival/Korea; Palais de Tokyo in Paris, ZKM/Karlsruhe, the Singapore Art Museum, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery/Hong Kong, MAM Projects at the Vietnam Womens Museum and Manzi Art Space in Hanoi, Art Space Hue/Korea; Kandada Art Space/Tokyo; Eslite Gallery/Taiwan, Arario/Beijing, the Hugh Lane Gallery/Dublin, Chula Art Center/Bangkok .
Writing, education, criticism and curatorial projects include The Rotterdam Dialogues at Witte de With, 5th Asian Museum Curators Conference, the Para/Site curatorial programme, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Berlin, Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, Institutions for the Future (Shanghai), The Asian Art Space Network (AASN) and Art Sonje in Korea, 2014 Innovative Cities Forum in Tokyo and the co-curation of The Mekong platform for Sixth Asia Pacific Triennial (APT6) at the Queensland Art Gallery/GoMA in 2009. Lectures, panels and presentations at universitities include the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The School of the Art Institute Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Sotheby's Institute of Art in Singapore, National University Singapore (NUS), Bangkok University and Silapakorn University in Bangkok. He has been a panelist at art fairs including ARCO Madrid 2015, and the Gwangju Art Fair 2013.
He was a founding member of the Ho Chi Minh City-based arts collective, Mogas Station.
He was an Asia Pacific correspondent for Art.Es (Madrid) and and Ho Chi Minh City editor for Contemporary (London). He was awarded the 2005 Martell Contemporary Asian Art Research Grant in 2005 with the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong for his year-long research project, Mediating the Mekong. A speaker on contemporary art at the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) in Tokyo 2005, a Vietnam delegate for the Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders under 40 in Jakarta.
He was a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University (2000-2004), conducted media arts research at the MIT Media Lab (2000), and was Visiting Lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University in 2003, and Senior Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam (2006-2015). He returned to Boston in 2012 to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Massachusetts College of Art.
In 2010 he founded DIA/PROJECTS, an experimental space for contemporary arts and research in HCMC and in 2015 co-founded Dia Projects Dong Khoi with Thanh Ha Mourgue d'Algue creating a new exhibition platform for ideas.