Quynh DONG

About The Artist

Quynh Dong (b. 1982) completed her MFA at ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts. She has undertaken residencies at, among others, BINZ39 in Zurich; ISCP in New York; Rijksakademie, Amsterdam; MMCA, Seoul. Her work has been shown internationally at various venues, including Kunstmuseum, Bern; Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City; VICAS Art Studio, Hanoi; Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich; A. Farm, Ho Chi Minh City; Alternative Space Loop, Seoul; Daegu Art Factory; A Maior, Viseu; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Nha San Collective, Hanoi; Museum Bellerive, Zurich; Centre Pasquart, Biel/Bienne; Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; Centre Pompidou Paris; Centre d’art contemporain Geneve.

Quynh DONG

"Quynh Dong takes us on a journey into her studies of movements, of what has to be done from the vanishing point. "

About The Artwork

Trong rừng chuối / In the banana forest

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In the banana forest is informed by the lacquer painting of Vietnamese master, Nguyen Gia Tri, as well as author Nguyen Tuan’s novel Echo and Shadow Upon a Time. Here, the artist has appropriated Nguyen Gia Tri’s allegorical approach in his painting, North-Centre-South Spring Garden (1970-1990), its lacquer aesthetic reimagined in moving images by contrasting traditional and modern patterns. Seven dancers, in the video, move between the banana trees in a Butoh-like manner, like wandering souls or even drifting, dried leaves. Dong’s works, as she notes, are hybrids of various elements from different Southeast and East Asian cultures, assembled into an invention that interrogates the cliched imagination of what Asia has come to represent, and examines the authenticity of what may be conceived as traditional. Her interest in digital and mass culture is expressed in her general interest in areas such as Bakhtin’s notion of the carnivalesque, and Asian soap operas. She remarks: “On the one hand, mass cultures today is the propaganda machine of a commercial and consumerist lifestyle. On the other, all codes are broken and melt down in their sugary sweetness, weakened by too much copy/paste, a chaos of potentialities.”

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