Tak Pham is a Vietnamese contemporary art curator and art critic based in Toronto. He holds a B.A Hons. in History and Theory of Architecture from Carleton University, and a MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. Pham’s curatorial approach concerns the spatial experience of exhibition architecture. Pham’s academic research has been examining the contemporary consequences of modern architectural movements, and how contemporary art can respond in order to remedy and ameliorate them. Pham actively looks for adaptive-reuse architectural projects and opportunities, not only to investigate their sites, but also, to reimagine their possibilities.
Pham has curated exhibitions, projects, and public programming at OCAD University, Art Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Y+ Contemporary, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Riverdale Gallery, Xpace Cultural Centre, Trinity Square Video, Living Architecture Systems Group/ Philip Beesley Architect Inc., Pleasuredome, 8eleven Gallery, Images Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto and numerous private art consultation projects.
He has written for espace art actuel, esse arts + opinions, Canadian Art, The Senses and Society Journal, 8eleven Gallery, and Xpace Cultural Centre. Pham's curatorial projects have been featured on Canadian Art, Akimbo, Artoronto.com, Blouin Artinfo, CBC Arts, Cultre Magazine and NOW Toronto.
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Constructing Sympathy (2018), Les Présentoirs: Jeffrey Porier’s Artist Monograph, edited by Cynthia Fecteau. Fall 2019. Book Chapter (upcoming). From Affordability to Artwashing: An Inquiry. The CANADIAN DESIGN RESOURCE. March 1, 2019 (Repost). Essay. From Affordability to Artwashing: An Inquiry. Canadian Art. February 5, 2019. Essay. Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away (2018), Guggenheim Museum, esse arts + opinions, Fall 2018. Exhibition Review. Abedar Kamgari: The Walk Home (2018), Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto, ON). Exhibition Essay. Incidental Proximities (2017), Bunker2 Gallery, The Senses and Society, Fall 2017. Exhibition Review. Autocontusión (2016), Scrap Metal Gallery, espace art actuel, Spring, 2017. Exhibition Review. VPN to IRL (2017), Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto, ON). Exhibition Essay.
PRESS & NEWS
Hampton, Chris. “ BUMP TV broadcasts 24/7 from the basement of an old Victorian - and anyone can have their own show".” CBC Arts. January 10, 2019. Le, Christina. “5 Minutes with Art Curator Tak Pham.” CULTURE Magazine. October/ November 2018. Joyce, Daniel. "Decadence/ Pari Nadimi Gallery.” Artoronto.ca. March 20, 2018. Collins, Leah. “Inspired by corner stores, this art show confronts 'convenient' Asian stereotypes.” CBC Arts. March 7, 2018. Minogue, Sean. “Myseum Intersections spotlights identity, community and gentrification.” NOW Toronto. March 2, 2018 Blouin Artinfo. Slideshow: ‘Decadence’ at Pari Nadimi Gallery. Blouin Artinfo. March 1 2018 Canadian Art. Must-Sees This Week: February 15 to February 21, 2018. Canadian Art Online. February 15, 2018 Fathalla, Marina. “The Architecture of the Museum: A Conversation with Tak Pham and Rouzbeh Akhabari”. Y+ Contemporary: REPLY ALL. July, 22, 2017. Smith, Margaux. The Artist Project 1: VPN to IRL. UBC: Digital Tattoo. June 8, 2017 Dick, Terence. VPN TO IRL & MEHRNAZ ROHBAKHSH AT XPACE. Akimbo Blog. April 12, 2017. Canadian Art. Must-Sees This Week: October 27 to November 2, 2016. Canadian Art Online. October 27, 2016.