Quynh Dong

Quynh Dong (originally Đồng Thị Như Quỳnh) was born on the 25 December 1982 in Hanoi’s seaport, Hai Phong, in Northern Vietnam. From 2000 to 2004 she attended the Design School in Biel/Bienne for a degree in graphic design, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Bern University of Arts and earned her Master of Arts in Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. Today Quynh Dong lives in Zürich, where she will work as a recipient of the BINZ39 award until 2012. In her work she examines the geographical shift of specific cultural elements from Vietnam to Switzerland and vice versa. Through performances, videos and watercolors her art is present at different places, institutions and festivals. In 2008 Quynh Dong’s work “Das Aquarium” (“The Aquarium“) won the Aeschlimann-Corti scholarship, and was subsequently shown at the Centre Pasquart Art Centre in Biel/Bienne. In 2009, during the performance festival Hesperides II at the Cantonal Museum for Fine Arts in Lausanne, Quynh Dong participated with “Mein Heimatland” (“My Home Country“) and “Gestern” (“Yesterday“), while Franz Erhard Walther presented his performance “5×2 Holzblöcke” (“5×2 Wooden Blocks“) (1969-2009). In 2010 she took part at the Swiss Art Award Basel. Dong was a Fellow in the Summeracademy 2011 in Zentrum Paul Klee Bern, where Pipilotti Rist was the curator. This year she will participate with a performance at The Young Art Fair in Basel.