Truc Trang Walls
Adrià Julià, Truc Trang Walls, 2006, video still
Room Gallery continues its Emerging Artist Series with Adrià Julià's latest project Truc Trang Walls. At once lyrical and factual, Truc Trang Walls "documents" the building of a house in North Vietnam by Diep Nguyen who, for the past 25 years, has lived with his family in the outskirts of Long Beach in Southern California, not far from a neighborhood commonly referred to as Little Saigon. In the tradition of Jean Genet, the situations that Julià constructs and presents in his film/video, photography and installation-based work, as he puts it, "are the result of observing regulated behavior, readapted and re-contextualized through performance - sometimes irrational, uncommon or even antisocial - that simultaneously evoke theatricality and truthfulness."