Adrift in Darkness Cambodia: Reamker #11

Dinh Q. Le

An influential figure in the development of contemporary art in Vietnam, Dinh Q Le’s (b. 1968, Vietnam) artistic practice consistently challenges how our memories are recalled with context in contemporary life. Whether he provokes the dominance of film and media in the creation of historical legacy; the confluence of cultural tradition and contemporary tragedy in his woven photographs; the re-placement of everyday urban objects into artistic wonders; or by documenting the un-chronicled stories of those who endured the first helicopter war what all of these artistic investigations elucidate is a commitment to the artistic process as a means of excavating history, in the uncovering and revealing of alternate ideas of loss and redemption.   

After returning to Vietnam and deciding to settle there permanently in 1997, in 2007, he co-founded San Art in HCMC, an artist-led platform committed to providing grassroots support for local and international artists and cultural workers. He has exhibited widely around the globe; notable solo exhibitions and major retrospectives include Dinh Q. Le: Photographing the Thread of Memory, Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, France, 2022; Projects 93: Dinh Q. Le, MoMA, New York, NY, USA, 20102011; A Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Le, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA, USA, 2007; and Vietnam: Destination for the New Millenium – The Art of Dinh Q. Le, Asia Society and Museum, New York, NY, USA, 2005. His works were also included in the 1st Asia Society Triennial, NY, USA, 2020-2021; Imagined Borders, 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, 2018; documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, 2012; the 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia, 2006; and the 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2003. His work is in the collections of MoMA, 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; and The Israel Museum, amongst others. 

Dinh is currently a board member of the Arts Network Asia Peer Panel; Danish Embassy’s Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF), Hanoi; Asia Society Global Council; and Guggenheim Asian Council. He is the recipient of several awards, including The Prince Claus Fund Award, 2010; Gunk Foundation Public Project Grant, 1998; The Dupont Fellowship, 1994; NEA Fellowship in Photography, 1994; and The Aaron Siskind Fellowship, 1992.

Studio visit with Dinh Q. Le

This video is part of a series of interviews with artists in the Nguyen Art Foundation collection