I am an artist of the Southeast Asian diaspora. My experience as a refugee in the metropole informs my work through the themes of displacement and placemaking, landscape and historical memory, leaving and returning, loss and transformation. My installation work fuses photography, observational video and soundscapes to explore how the cultural and spiritual practices of displaced communities connect them to their history, build community, and transform places that have been subjected to social and economic dislocation. My immersive multimedia installation, Đi thì không có đường về (Leave,then there is no way home), was commissioned by the Asian Arts Initiative, with original funding from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia. The exhibit opened in May 2018 as a part of Asian Arts Initiative's (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence project. Photo credit: Ezekiel Joubert III

I was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. When I was seven, my family left Saigon and resettled as refugees in South Philadelphia. I have served in curatorial and management positions in community arts organizations, including Asian Arts Initiative, Frameline, and Scribe Video Center. I hold a B.A. in American Studies (minor in Asian American Studies) from Yale University. As a Cota-Robles Fellow, I earned an M.A. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. I was a recipient of a 2018/19 MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and funded by the Jerome Foundation. Photo: Donna Backues

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