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Antonius-Tín Bui



 

Missing Piece Project 2020 Dedication. Digital Video

Gong Casted by: Stephanie Mercedes

Collectively Envisioned and Worked on by The Missing Piece Project Collective

https://missingpieceproject.org/

Missing Piece Project (MPP) is an annual staging of a collective intervention that symbolically and physically disrupts American remembrance (and erasure) of the Vietnam War. MPP calls for a collective dedication of objects at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. each April 30 by marginalized communities still affected by legacies of the war. Two pilot dedications have occured (2018 and 2019) and continue annually, building towards a large-scale collective gathering on April 30, 2025, the 50th anniversary of the war’s “end” and the beginning of many refugee journeys that continue today. In addition to objects being physically archived in the Vietnam Collection of the National Parks Museum Resource Center, MPP has created a digital community archive to provide insights into objects and the intangible performative elements of our collective dedications. In 2015, before MPP existed, only six objects could be confirmed to have been left by Vietnamese people at the Wall, out of hundreds of thousands in the Vietnam Collection. MPP carves out space for marginalized communities in this public memorial, demanding recognition of the experiences and imagination of displaced peoples affected by the war’s legacy, through a polyphony of stories. As the project develops in coming years, we ask questions about how to extend narrations of the Vietnam War in contending with other affected populations across the U.S. and transnationally. For example, how do we remember the experiences of millions of Black Americans forced into the war at disproportionate rates by a military draft reliant on the dispossession of individual autonomy? Or, how do we remember the historical solidarities between anti-colonial Black and Asian Americans in the U.S. and Vietnamese people across the world resisting U.S. imperialism? MPP is a community archive interested in remembering the war capaciously, challenging U.S. imperialism at large.

 


     

  

Antonius-Tín Bui, End Your Silence (Self-Immolation), 2020. Personalized Zippo Lighters

Zippo lighters were carried by almost every American serviceman involved in the Vietnam War. Each lighter was a tiny canvas, showcasing slogans and images that displayed true sentiments about the war. This series reclaims the Zippo lighter through the lens of the child of Vietnamese refugees. The texts emblazoned on this lineup of Zippo lighters derive from anti-war slogans, Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American artists, Vietnam War era music, and other related sources.





Artist Biography

Antonius-Tín Bui (they/them pronouns) is a polydisciplinary artist with roots all over the USA.

They are the child of Paul and Van Bui, two Vietnamese refugees who sacrificed everything to provide a future for their four kids and extended family. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Antonius eventually moved to Houston before pursuing a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MIC/A).

Since graduating in 2016, Antonius has been fortunate to receive fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, Tulsa Artists Fellowship, Halcyon Arts Lab, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Yaddo, Anderson Center at Tower View, The Growlery, and Fine Arts Work Center.

Antonius has exhibited at various institutional, private, public, and underground venues, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, IA&A at Hillyer, Lawndale Art Center, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Artscape, Satellite Art Fair Austin, Blaffer Art Museum, Laband Art Gallery, and Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building.