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Diane Severin Nguyen

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Diane Severin Nguyen (born 1990) is an American photographer and filmmaker known for using found materials to create ephemeral sculptures which she documents to emphasize a passing moment.

Life and Work[edit]

Diane Severin Nguyen was born in Carson, California. She lives between Los Angeles and New York. Nguyen received an MFA from Bard College in 2020 and a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013.[1]

Nguyen uses synthetic and natural found objects to create sculptures, which she documents up-close to create images that are bodily and uncanny.[2]

Nguyen’s work focuses on the ephemeral. Oftentimes the objects she photographs are in states of decay and transformation[3]. Nguyen will puncture the surface of the objects to allow leaks in the materials as she captures them. She often uses materials such as ice that are in a transformational state.[4] Nguyen uses transient light sources such as fire, sunset, an iPhone flash, emphasizing the resulting image as a brief and fleeting moment in time. Journalism and its photographic history is interesting to Nguyen.[1]


  • Between Two Solitudes, Stereo, Warsaw, 2021 [4]
  • Tyrant Star (online exhibition), Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2020[5]
  • IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS, Sculpture Center, New York, 2021 [3]
  • Minor twin worlds with Brandon Ndife, Bureau, New York, 2019[6]
  • Dead Slow with Julien Monnerie, curated by Shivers Only, Exo Exo, Paris, 2019[7]
  • Flesh before Body, Bad Reputation, Los Angeles, 2019[8]
  • Reoccurring Afterlife, Empty Gallery, Hong Kong, 2019[9]

Her recent video work Tyrant Star (2019) was presented at the New York Film Festival in October 2019.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Diane Severin Nguyen". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  2. "Diane Severin Nguyen: Tyrant Star". Carnagie Museum of Art.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Diane Severin Nguyen: IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS". Sculpture Center. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Between Two Solitudes". Stero. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  5. "Diane Severin Nguyen: Tyrant Star". Carnagie Museum of Art. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  6. "Brandon Ndife & Diane Severin Nguyen". Bureau. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  7. "'Dead Slow' by Julien Monnerie and Diane Severin Nguyen at Exo Exo, Paris". TZ. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  8. "Flesh Before Body". Artland. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  9. "Diane Severin Nguyen". Ocula. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  10. "Shorts Program 3: Signs of Life". Film At Lincoln Center. Retrieved 20 April 2022.

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