Dinh Q. Le Erasure
Dinh Q. Le left Vietnam with his family as a refugee when he was 11 years old and emigrated to the US via Thailand. He was then schooled in the US and attended University before moving back to Vietnam in the early 90s.
His artworks often deal with his memory of the Vietnam war. This work, Erasure, is the first artwork he has done confronting the issue of boat people and refugees since he became an artist. He was very moved by the video footage he saw of the boat people who crashed off Christmas Island in December 2010 and this prompted him to make this work.
He has collected more than 100,000 old photographs in second-hand shops in Vietnam and he has placed them on the floor of the exhibition. The photos are mostly pre-1975 and show a happy Vietnam, elegant and refined. The audience is meant to come and rummage through the photos and choose some to make comment. An archivist puts them on a dedicated website www.erasurearchive.net for Vietnamese from all over the world to look for their own lost family photos.
The exhibition also has a video of a 18th Century burning boat, to make the audience reflect on migrations of people throughout the centuries and what that has meant.
Read the full Press Release here.
Read the full http://www.artinfo.com/node/811388.
Visit Dinh's website at http://www.erasurearchive.net
Erasure Exhibition is open to the public every Thursday to Sunday from 12-5 pm
6/F, Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1
60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan
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Tel: (852) 2810 0065
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