My work explores the porous boundary between personal and collective history, and the relationship between part and whole. Reflecting on my experiences as an immigrant and woman of color, much of my work addresses everyday manifestations of cultural identity, memory and displacement. Currently, I am interested in examining individual and communal 'othering' throughout contemporary social and political environments. Formally, I experiment with physically deconstructing materials, images, objects and texts, to (re)construct narratives and envision new possibilities—some serious, others ironic, or even absurd. I am interested in staging negotiations between similarity and difference, collective and individual, independence and interdependence. From the tensions between these poles, peculiar meanings may come ashore.
I was trained as a painter, but my practice exceeds the canvas. Over the past 25 years, my work has drawn from many fields, spanning oral history, theater, music, literature, photography and dance.
MyLoan Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, during the Fall of Saigon, she and her family fled by sea, eventually resettling in Charlotte, NC. Majoring in visual arts, Dinh studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Arts and Design at Wollongong University New South Wales, Australia. She is the founder of the international multidisciplinary arts project, We See Heaven Upside Down. She has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in private collections in the United States, Germany and Switzerland. Her awards include: Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant (Charlotte, NC), Berlin Department of Arts and Culture Artist Grant (Treptow-Köpenick), and the Partnership for Democracy Project Grant (Berlin) and Arts & Science Council 2018 Cultural Vision Grant (in collaboration with Moving Poets). Dinh is a member of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the BKK, Professional Association of Visual Artists Berlin. She and her husband, Till Schmidt-Rimpler, founder and artistic director of Moving Poets, have creative projects in the USA and Germany.
photo courtesy Shane Baskin