Nhu Xuan Hua – Tropism


In September 2022 Huis Marseille will present Hug of a swan, the first-ever museum exhibition of the French-Vietnamese artist Nhu Xuan Hua (1989, Paris), a remarkable new talent. Hua made her name as a photographer for magazines such as Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Dazed Beauty, DANSK, and TIME Magazine and worked on commissions for big fashion brands like Kenzo, Maison Margiela, Dior, and Levi’s. Nevertheless, fashion photography is only one of her talents. The exhibition Hug of a swan highlights the diversity of her artistic work, which also takes the form of installations and autonomous work inspired by family photos. The exhibition shows that these categories cannot be detached from one another; the inspiration for all of Hua’s creations arises out of personal and shared memories.

Nhu Xuan Hua delved into the power of memories in a work titled Tropism, Consequences of a Displaced Memory.  The work gives a face to those tropisms that describe spontaneous and automatic reactions initiated by vivid emotions in response to primarily needs or past events in life. Based on archival pictures from her family, the digital intervention interprets these memories through a new angle, exploring the effect of dissipation generated by time passing and driven by the forces of an inherited memory.

The talk of the town is French-Vietnamese photographer Nhu Xuan Hua, whose solo show Hug of a swan has opened at Amsterdam’s premier photography gallery Huis Marseille. Her series Tropism, Consequences of a Displaced Memory runs through the exhibition like a white thread, and Area Books have done a fabulous job bringing it to life on paper. It’s a searching story about diaspora, evoked through Hua’s semi-dissolved family archive, forever on the brink of total erasure. The sleek interventions by design studio Bureau Kayser – from the cover’s inside envelope containing an epigraph written by Hua herself to the deep but supple pages – once again remind us why they’re one of the best in the game. Alex Merola, AnOther Magazine

  • Nhu Xuan Hua
  • Tropism. Consequences of a Displaced Memory
  • Area Books
  • Design: Bureau Kayser
  • Hardcover
  • 26,5 × 20,5 cm
  • ISBN 978-2-493509-04-8

Nhu Xuan Hua – Tropism



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