Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier

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Vong Phaophanit (born 1961, Laos) and Claire Oboussier (born 1963, London) are artists based in London who have collaborated for the past 25 years. Their studio encompasses a wide variety of media including films, books, large-scale installations and photographic and sculptural works. They have created a number of major public commissions.


Phaophanit was born in Savannakhet, Laos in 1961. He was educated in Paris and later studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence, in France.

Claire Oboussier[edit]

Oboussier was born in London. She graduated from the University of Sussex in 1986 (BA (Hons)) and the University of Bristol in 1994 (PhD).[1]


Phaophanit and Oboussier have worked together for the past 25 years. Initially their collaborative practice took place within the private environment of their studio, creating points of connection within their individual practices. After a number of years they decided to formalise their creative partnership in order to be able to undertake major projects together.

Subsequent public commissions have included works for Liverpool Housing Action Trust,[2] Southend Council, City and Islington College, Sparks – Make it Real cultural program for Canterbury City council, Birmingham Festival of Arts and Bristol, Cabot Circus. They have collaborated on numerous other projects including a book ‘Atopia’ produced during a year spend living and working together in Berlin in 1996/7. They have completed a new work for the new Hull Truck Theatre and are working[when?] on ‘Northern Light’ a community space/sculpture for the Channel 4 Big Art Project in Belfast.[citation needed] In 2009 they were selected for the Foyle Public Art Project in Derry, with plans for an undulating landscape of reflective surfaces called Mute Meadow.[3] They received a public commission for the new Woolwich Squares and a commission for the Olympic Energy Centre buildings in London. In 2012 a public installation, Light Veils, was unveiled at Weymouth, Dorset.[4] In 2013 they were engaged in completing a 16 metre high sculpture, Urban Firefly, in Toronto, Canada.[4]

Collectively and individually they have worked with many galleries nationally such as the Tate Gallery, London, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, The Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham and Serpentine Gallery, London as well as internationally with others including The National Gallery of Cape Town, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Konsthallen Goteburg, Sweden, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Reina Sofia, Madrid. In 2006, along with a group of ten other artists, Vong participated in a pioneering community based art project ‘The Quiet in the Land’ in Laos, PDR and produced a film for which Claire created the text. Recently, they were involved in the 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. They live and work in London.


  1. ^ "Biography: Claire Oboussier". Atopia.org.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Amanda Birch (6 May 2005). "£800,000 city sculpture revealed". Building. 
  3. ^ "£800,000 city sculpture revealed". BBC News. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Craig White (19 July 2012). "Lanterra's commitment to Public Art continues at Ïce and Burano". Urban Toronto. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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