Art Labor is an artist collective based in Ho Chi Minh City, who work in between visual arts, social and life sciences in order to produce alternative non-formal knowledge via artistic and cultural activities in various public contexts and locales. It includes 3 core members as cultural workers: artists Phan Thao-Nguyen, Truong Cong Tung and curator/writer Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran.
Art Labor collective started their journey since 2012, when the three old friends decided to move back to Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City). Thao-Nguyen, Cong Tung & Arlette found Art Labor to respond the mutual difficulty in working collaboratively and inter-disciplinary in Vietnam. From the beginning until now, Art Labor have been working with many collaborators, from anthropologists, filmmakers, curators, writers, archivist, artists to ophthalmologists, patients, farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs. Each project is considered an experiment to test boundaries of art, in term of exhibition forms, exhibition venues, artist’ role, curating limit, value and appreciation of art in society.