Ava Phen with the Estate of Glenn Young
Ava Phen (Perth / Ho Chi Minh) (b. 1996) is an artist working with images and spaces. She is a former studio arts teacher for primary and secondary school students in Ho Chi Minh and is a member of the curatorial collective Underground Flower. Her body of work concerns the ritual re-investment of ‘aura’: a mobile poetics accumulated between spaces, images, and online viewers. In particular, she strives to establish connections between ancestral and contemporary rituals and desires by the process of decoding and re-encoding images.
For Sajetta, Ava works with the Estate of Glenn Young to animate and contextualize exhibition plans shared by Ava and Glenn at the time of his passing in 2017. Glenn was an active creator in early digital art and music communities online. His practice misused and repurposed obsolete software to create digital compositions and interactive websites, often in collaboration with other musicians, artists, and platforms such as Rhizome, Ay Gee Tee, LoVid, and AMDISCS.