The Personal Is Political: A Conversation with Antonius-Tín Bui

Francesca Gavin, Independent HQ, April 27, 2023

“My work is as non-binary as myself,” says artist Antonius-Tín Bui. They describe their practice as “poly-disciplinary,” riffing on the refusal to be pigeonholed. Bui’s works range from performance to intricate portraits made from cut paper, from textiles to ceramics, printmaking to installation. Across it all, there is an energetic lightness and freedom in their approach. This is an artist who blends the politics of queerness, the Vietnamese diasporic experience, and gender fluidity with an intuitive sense of beauty and a highly developed craft.


Bui was brought up in the Bronx, studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, and is currently based in New Haven, Connecticut. They have exhibited extensively across the United States. This May, however, will mark their first solo show in an art-fair context. Bui will present a spectrum of cut-paper pieces at Independent with Monique Meloche, ahead of their second exhibition at the gallery in Chicago this summer. The works at Independent include representations of shattered ceramic vessels as well as the larger-than-life portraits of queer and trans Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for which Bui is best known. 


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