(born 1969, in Vietnam)

After pursuing graduate studies in psychology in Bern, Cat Tuong Nguyen turned to art; his work has appeared in numerous group shows in Bern and Zurich, where he now lives. Here he juxtaposes quotidian views of Tokyo—a bustling subway station, urban sprawl—with poetic renditions of a snow-covered mountain and a mysterious forest. Challenging photography’s time-honored status as a documentary medium, Nguyen photographs his subjects through a variety of filters, calling attention to vision’s mediating processes and unmasking “transparency” as an illusion.