Sung Tieu
Liability Infrastructure

Liability Infrastructure

Sung Tieu’s upcoming exhibition at Amant, her first solo show in the US, continues her ongoing investigations into the psychological and physical dimensions of invisible threats and how they affect the social life of communities. The exhibition will comprise of a newly commissioned body of works that investigate recent trends in the construction of fracked gas pipelines throughout the United States. The project includes sound, text, sculpture, and architectural interventions, that will develop out of Tieu’s research into the health risks related to potential leaks of methane arising from pipelines projects, posing inordinate environmental health burdens to those living within the proximity of their construction.
Fracking has increased dramatically in recent years, with over 9,000 miles of planned fracked gas pipelines in the country. About two-thirds of all gas production in the United States now comes from fracked wells, compared to less than 10 percent in 2000. Many such projects approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including high-profile projects such as the North Brooklyn Pipeline in New York, the Byhalia Connection in Tennessee, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia, are primarily situated in areas that are populated by majority low-income Black and Brown communities. Expanding on Tieu’s previous research, the new project will explore such pipeline projects and its relationship to racialized and class hierarchies.

About the artist

Sung Tieu (b.1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam) is a German-Vietnamese artist based in Berlin. Her artistic practice spans a variety of mediums including sound installation, video, sculpture, photography, performance, and public interventions. In her work, Sung Tieu contends with notions of history and analyses transnational movements of people and capital, as well as invisible infrastructures of control.

Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst (GFZK), Leipzig, Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, the Haus Der Kunst, Munich; Nottingham Contemporary, UK, and Kunstverein Gartenhaus, Vienna, amongst others. She has presented work in groups shows including the 34th Sao Paulo Biennial; The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan, amongst others. In 2021, Tieu was awarded the Frieze Artist Award and the audience award of for the German National Art Prize.