Sung Tieu was born 1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg and at Goldsmiths College, London before completing her postgraduate work at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. She has received numerous awards, including a grant from Stiftung Kunstfonds (2019), the Galileo Digital Art Prize from the Royal Academy of Arts (2018), the Almacantar Studio Award, London (2018), and the Catalogues for Young Artists Prize from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung (2019). In addition, she is a fellow of the AUSGEZEICHNET exhibition programme organised by Stiftung Kunstfonds and Kunstmuseum Bonn. Her exhibitions in 2020 include a solo show at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK and Haus der Kunst, Munich.
Sung Tieu’s work is largely based on historical and political research. She often connects historical events with biographical elements related to her Vietnamese background. The videos she creates seem like documentaries. Her installations in the exhibition space act upon the viewer’s perception through architectural interventions and the use of sound. In Sung Tieu’s practice, documentary and fictional elements become tangible in space. The exhibition space thus becomes a field of experimentation for aesthetic experience.