Splendor & Darkness (STPI) #28 – S.E.A. Focus

Splendor & Darkness (STPI) #28

Dinh Q. Lê

Medium: Cyanotype on Stonehenge paper; cut, weaved and burnt, with acid-free double-sided tape and linen tape.

Size of work: 70 x 157 cm

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About the Artist

Dinh Q. Lê was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US at the age of ten to escape the Khmer Rouge. Lê challenges how our memories are recalled with context in contemporary life; he is known for his large-scale photo-montages, where he weaves photographic strips into a tapestry of images that revolve around the theme of the Vietnam War. Lê’s works document the unheard stories of survivors who endured the first helicopter war. He utilises the artistic process as a tool for examining and unearthing history, exploring the universal themes of loss and redemption. Through his work, he merges Eastern and Western cultures, as well as personal and fictional realities.

Lê received his BA in Art Studio at UC Santa Barbara in 1989 and his MFA in Photography and Related Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1992. He has exhibited worldwide, including the Houston Center for Photography; the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies; the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky; A major survey of his work “A Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Le” was held at Bellevue Arts Museum, WA.

His works are in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, 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. Lê also cofounded the Vietnam Foundation for the Arts (VNFA), based between Los
Angeles and Ho Chi Minh City – an organization that supports Vietnamese artists and promotes artistic exchange between cultural workers from Vietnam and around the world. With funding from VNFA, Lê and three other artists co-founded San Art, the first not-for-profit contemporary art space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. He is currently a member of the peer committee for Art Network Asia and a member of the Asia Society’s international council.

He is the recipient of 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).


Artist Statement

For the very first time, the multiple award-winning artist has developed breakthrough print works of unprecedented scale and technical distinction from Splendor and Darkness —his sold-out photo-weaving series.

His exhibition with STPI, Monuments and Memorials, marks the premiere of this pivotal series in Asia, also unveiling his first-ever three-dimensional weavings which feature the recent refugee exodus from Africa and the Middle East into Southern Europe.

Lê’s long-standing desire for mural-sized, monumental foiling works interwoven with matt paper were realised for the very first time through STPI’s technical capabilities, which refined the works with greater texture and warmth. Haunting, iconic, and universal, Monuments and Memorials blaze new trails for Lê’s celebrated practice. Catch several works from this iconic series at S.E.A. Focus 2024.