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March 26th, 2010

The Tropics Educational Program - Artistís talk by Dinh Q Le, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok

 The Tropics Educational Program - Artist’s Talk by Dinh Q Le - Jim Thompson Art Center

On Friday, 26th March, 2010 at 6 pm.

(Program will be held in English with Thai translation)

Dinh Q Le will give a talk which will cover his works over the years.  He will
specifically focus on the work that he has undertaken during the last few years
after he  relocated to Ho Chi Minh City after having spent almost 30 years in the
United States. 

The works of Vietnamese American artist Dinh Q. Lê engage the issues of how the
Vietnam War has been engraved in the cultural memory and landscape of Vietnam.  Dinh
attempts through his works to deconstruct how the Vietnam War has been portrayed in
mainstream media and Hollywood films. He uses found footage from famous Vietnam War
films to interweave and juxtapose with the interview of local people who were the
witnesses of the war.  In his famous video installation work “Farmers and
Helicopter” Dinh collaborates with artists friends Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Hu Truc Phu
Nam  and a  Vietnamese farmer who built his own  helicopter based on his personal
research and memory of the war. This piece has been included in many biennales and
exhibitions internationally e.g. Singapore Bienale (2008) and Queensland Triennale
(2009) to name a few. At present it is being shown as a single screen feature at the
Jim Thompson Art Center as part of the Tropics – Views from the Middle of the Globe
exhibition curated by Alfons Hug, Peter Junge and Viola Koenig.

About the artist:
Dinh Q. Lê was born in Ha-Tien, Vietnam in 1968.  He received his BA in Art Studio
at UC Santa Barbara in 1989 and his MFA in Photography and Related Media at The
School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1992.  In 1993, Dinh return to Vietnam for
the first time and in 1996 Dinh decided to settle in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Dinh’s work has been exhibited worldwide. His recent solo exhibitions include, A
Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Lê at the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington
State; Destination for the New Millennium, The Art of Dinh Q. Lê, at the Asia
Society, New York. Upcoming exhibitions in 2010 include, a mid career survey
organized by the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, and a project at MOMA, New
York.

 He was also included in the 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2009
City Visions Festival, Mechelen, Belgium; 2008 Singapore Biennale; Thermocline of
Art exhibition at ZKM in Germany; the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial at Gallery of
Modern Art in Brisbane Australia; The Gwangju Biennial 2006, Korea; Infinite
Painting, Villa Manin, Italy; Only Skin Deep at the International Center for
Photography, New York; Delays and Revolutions, Venice Biennale 2003.
 
His work is in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Los Angeles County Museum
of Art; Portland Art Museum; The Bronx Museum, New York; The Queensland Gallery of
Modern Art.
 
Besides being an artist, Dinh also co-founded Vietnam Art Foundation-VNFA based in
Los Angeles, an organization that supports Vietnamese artists and promotes artistic
exchange between cultural workers from Vietnam and around the world.  Through VNFA,
Dinh and three other artists co-founded San Art, a non profit gallery in Ho Chi Minh
City. 

This educational program is made possible by the James H.W. Thompson Foundation. The
tropics – views from the middle of the globe is on view at the Jim Thompson Art
Center until 12 June, 2010.  

William Warren Library, 4th Fl. Henry B. Thompson bldg,

  Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkokeducation@jimthompsonhouse.com 


Admission free – Pls. reserve your seat 02 2192911

For more information pls.contact k. somsuda  or email