DINH Q. Lê
b. 1968, Hà Tiên, Vietnam. Lives and works between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Los Angeles, USA.

Internationally acclaimed artist Dinh Q. Lê was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US at the age of ten to escape the Khmer Rouge. Lê is best known for his large-scale photographic weavings and video works that question the way in which world events are perceived. Inspired by traditional Vietnamese grass mat weaving, Lê weaves images chosen from a variety of motifs including the Vietnam War and Cambodian ruins. A deeply-thoughtful artist, Lê’s research focuses on people’s personal memories of historical events, notably on the complex legacy of the Vietnam War and it’s ongoing impact on contemporary Vietnam.
Biography

EDUCATION

1992
MFA, Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York City

1989
BA, Fine Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016     

Beautiful Terror, Viking Union Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wa

Dinh Q. Lê – Memory for Tomorrow, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

2015
Dinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow, Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Tropicana Migration, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

2014
Dinh Q. Lê: Crossing the Father Shore, Rice Gallery, University of Texas, USA


2012
Remnants, Ruins, Civilization, Empire, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Erasure, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Dinh Q. Lê: Erasure, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia
South China Sea Pishkun, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2011
Dinh Q. Lê: Erasure, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney Australia
Saigon Diary, UB Anderson Gallery, Buffalo University, Buffalo, USA
South China Sea Pishkun, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2010
Scars and Other Remnants, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Projects 93: The Farmers and the Helicopters, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Dinh Q. Lê, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Parkside, Australia
Signs and Signals from the Periphery, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, USA
Elegies, PPOW, New York,USA

2009
South China Sea Pishkun, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Signs and Signals from the Periphery, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, USA
A Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Lê, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA
All that is Solid, City Vision Festival, Mechelen, Belgium
Signs and Signals from the Periphery, and Installation by Dinh Q Le, ASU Art Museum, Tempe,
USA

2008
A Quagmire This Time, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
The Penal Conlony: The Mapping of the Mind, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York City, USA
After the War, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, California, USA

2007
A Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Lê, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, USA
From Father to Son: A Rite of Passage, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, USA

2006
The Imaginary Country, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Offerings, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York City, USA

2005
Vietnam: Destination for the New Millennium: The Art of Dinh Q. Lê, Asia Society, New York City, USA
A Higher Plane, Asia Society, New York City, USA

2004
From Vietnam to Hollywood, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York City, USA
Home Coming, University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA;  Jeffery College Gallery, California, USA
From Vietnam to Hollywood, Photology, Milan, Italy; 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

2003
From Vietnam to Hollywood, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Waking Dreams, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, USA

2001
Texture of Memory, Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburg, USA
True Voyage is Return, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, USA
Cambodia: Splendour and Darkness, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, USA
Cambodia: Splendour and Darkness, J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, USA

1999
Lotusland, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

1998
Splendor & Darkness, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York City, USA
The Headless Buddha, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Los Angeles, USA; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, Santa Cruz, USA

1992
Tyler School of Art Gallery, Elkins Park, PA, USA

1990
Portraying a White God, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA
Midtown Y Photography Gallery, New York City, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

When Things Fall Apart – Critical Voices on the Radars , Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark

2015

Spring Watching Pavilion, Void Derry, Ireland

2014
Choregraphies Suspendues, Carre d’Art – Musee d’Art Contemporain, Nimes, France
The Sensory War, Whiteworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester, Manchester United Kingdom
SeMa Seoul Media City Festival, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Real DMZ Project, border areas, South Korea

2012   
Power of Doubt, Times Museum, Guangzhou Guangdong, China 

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographs of Armed Conflict and it’s Aftermath, The Museum of
Fine Arts
 Houston, Texas, USA; Traveled through 2013 to Annenberg Space for Photography, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum, USA
SVA Alumni Show, New York, USA
dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany
ArtHK 2012, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, Arsenale 2012, Kiev, Ukraine
The Other’s Other, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

2011
6th Curitiba Biennial, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Air Hole, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Art in the Auditorium: Elodie Pong, Ergin Cavusoglu, Dinh Q Le, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
The Power of Doubt, Museo Colecciones ICO, Madrid, Spain

2010
Busan Biennale: Living in Evolution, Busan, South Korea
Nanjing Biennale, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing City, China
Syntax & Diction: Transforming The Everyday, San Art, Ho chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Tropics: Views From the Middle of The Globe, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Art Scene Vietnam, ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Bodies on the Line Colloquium, New York University, New York, USA
The Creative Time Summit: Revolutions in Public, Practice 2, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, USA
AAI's Art (Inter)Actions Series, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, USA
Asian and Asian-American Art from the Permanent Collection, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA
Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made After 1960 from the MFAH Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,USA

2009
Live and Let Live: Creators of Tomorrow, Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Fukuoka, Japan
Unreal Asia, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
All That Is Solid Melts into Air, City Visions Festival, Mechelen, Belgium
The Lining of Forgetting: Internal & External Memory in Art, Austin Museum of Art, USA
OK Biennale Cuvee '09-World Art Selection of Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
Nam Bang!, Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool City, Australia
The Tropics: Views from the Middle of the Globe, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, SOuth Africa

2008
Perspectives: Lida Abdul and Dinh Q. Lê, Freer & Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington D.C., USA
Wonders, Singapore Biennale 2008, Singapore
The Tropics: Views from the Middle of the Globe, Martin-Groupius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Strategies From Within, Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China
Asia, Postcolonial, and Contemporary Arts, Fusing International Biennale, Fusing, Taiwan
Re-Imagining Asia, House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany
The Lining of Forgetting: Internal & External Memory in Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA, USA
TransPOP:Korea Vietnam ReMix, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (traveling to Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, USA)

2007
Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Witness to War: Revisiting Vietnam in Contemporary Art, San Francisco State University Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Red Hot: Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S.1, Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, New York, USA
Post Dec: Beyond Pattern and Decoration, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA

2006
The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea
Ghost in the Machine, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, USA
Quiet in the Land, The Royal Museum, Luang Prabang, Laos
Liberation, Saigon Open City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Another Asia, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Infinite Painting, Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin Center for Contemporary Art, Udine, Italy

2005
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Stages of Memory: The Vietnam War, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
Persistent Vestiges: Drawings from the American-Vietnam War, The Drawing Center, New York City, USA

2004
Identities versus Globalisation?, Chiang Mai Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand; National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand; Dahlem Museum, Berlin, Germany
Only Skin Deep, International Center for Photography, New York City, USA
23+ on 9th, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, USA

2003
Delays and Revolutions, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Commodification of Buddhism, The Bronx Museum, New York City, USA
The Body of Christ, The Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem, Israel
Corpus Christie, Patrimoine Photographique, Paris, France
Skin Deep, Numark Gallery, Washington, USA
Un/Familiar Territory, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA

2002
Crisis Response, RISD Museum, Providence, USA
Sugar & Cream, Triple Candie Gallery, New York City, USA
Global Address, Fisher Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Collecting Contemporary American Art, Ackland Art Museum, Ackland, USA
Lysis: Profound Loss, Healing, and Identity, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York City, USA
Eye in The Sky, Ackland Art Museum, Ackland, USA
Rhythms & Rituals That Feed My Spirit, The Bronx Museum, New York City, USA

2001
Floating Chimeras, Edsvik Konst Och Kultur, Stockholm, Sweden
Conceptual Color: In Albers’ Afterimage, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA
Conceptual: Sequence, Pairs, Hybrid, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, USA
Indochina: The Art of War, Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2000
Shifting Beyond Perceptions: Contemporary LA Visions, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA
Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, Ansel Adams Museum, San Francisco; California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Long Beach, CA
Of the Moment, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
You Can’t Go Home Again: The Art of Exile, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, USA
The Changing Face of Portraiture, Chapman University, Orange, USA
Touch: Contemporary Vietnamese Photography, Cypress College Fine Art & Photography Galleries, Cypress, USA
ID/Y2K: Identity at the Millennium, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, USA

1999
Slow Release: The Rich Mix Exhibition, Bishopsgate, Goodyard, London, UK
Pattern, James Graham & Sons, New York City, USA
You Can’t Go Home Again: The Art of Exile, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, USA
Emerging Images, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, USA

1998
Bioethics: Thresholds of Corporal Completeness, Side Street Projects, Santa Monica
Fabrications: U.S. Photography, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; Vrais Rêves Gallery, Lyons, France; Hotel du Musée, Arles, France; La Galerie 36, Paris, France; l’Espace Pereisc, Toulon, France; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Musée de la Photographie, Harleroi, Belgium
Uncommon Traits III, Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art, Buffalo, NY

1997
Points of Entry, High Museum of Art, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; The Jewish Museum, New York City; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; Eastman International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA

1996
Chambers of Enchantment, Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art, Buffalo, USA
A Labor of Love, The New Museum, New York City, USA
The Present (H)our: Artists Utilizing Issues of Identity, Oakland Museum, Oakland, USA
Pushing Image Paradigms: Conceptual Maneuvers in Recent Photography, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, USA

1995
Picturing Asian America: Communities, Culture, Difference, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburg, PA; Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis, USA
Tracing Cultures, The Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, USA
Welcome to Asia America, Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, Cambridge, USA
Identity Crisis, Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, Cambridge, USA

1994
Beyond Borders, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City, USA
Barbie and Beyond, Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Picturing Asia America: Communities, Culture, Difference, Houston Center for Photography
Asian-American in the Arts, Tweed Gallery, New York City, USA
Four Photographers, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Retrospective: Awards in the Visual Arts, Batteravia Gallery, Santa Monica; Elverhoy Museum, Solvang, CA; Ro Snell Gallery, Santa Barbara, USA
The DuPont Fellowship, The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, USA
Rituals: Social Identity / A View from Within, Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA), Buffalo, USA

1993
Reflections for Peace, Mexican-Arte Museum, Austin, USA (traveled)
Three: Works by ’92–’93 Artists in Residence: Elaine Tin Nyo, Alexander Ku, and Dinh Lê, Asian American Arts Centre, New York City, USA
Interior Dialogues, Montage ’93, Rochester, New York, USA
We Count, Tweed Gallery, New York City, USA

1992
Here and Now, Now and Then, Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, New York, USA
International Textile Exhibition, Kyoto Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan
Revealing the Self: Portraits by Twelve Contemporary Artists, Paine Webber Gallery, New York City, USA (organized by the Bronx Museum)
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Visual Art Gallery, New York City, USA

1991
Articulated Disparities: Renegotiating Masculinity (Anthony Aziz, Lyle Ashton Harris, Dinh Lê, and Anne Rowland), Gallery 1, San Jose State University, San Jose, USA
Director’s Choice: Joanne Hammer, Dinh Q. Lê, Kendall Shaw, and Anthena Tacha, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York City, USA
Warp and Woof: Comfort and Dissent, Artists Space, New York City, USA

1990
County of Santa Barbara Art Commission, Individual Artist Award Winners 1989–90, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, USA
The Definitive American Contemporary Quilt, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York City, USA (catalogue; traveled)
Photo Metro #8, Vision Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Combinations: Dinh Lê and Martina Lopez, Ansel Adams Museum, San Francisco, USA