Dinh Q. Lê’s The Colony will be included at Manif d’art 9 – The Quebec City Biennial 2019 – in the central exhibition at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Entitled ‘Large Against the Sky, Small Between the Stars’, paraphrasing lyrics by Quebec-born singer songwriter Leonard Cohen (Stories Of The Street, 1967), the biennial is concerned with the place of humanity now in the natural order. Other artists included are Shuvinai Ashoona, Polly Apfelbaum, Meryl McMaster, Kelly Mark, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Haroon Mirza, Cornelia Parker, Susan Philipsz and Beat Streuli.
Dinh Q. Lê was born in Hà Tiên in then South Vietnam in 1968. In the late 1970s, his family escaped by boat before eventually settling in the US where he completed his education. He is the co-founder of Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he has been based for the past decade. In 2010 he was awarded the Prince Claus Award for his outstanding contribution to cultural exchange. Lê’s work has been included in many international group shows including Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012), the 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), the Gwangju Biennial (2006) and the Venice Biennale (2003). He was the first Vietnamese artist to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010). A major survey exhibition, Dinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow, was presented at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo in 2015.
The Colony is part of The Artangel Collection. Since its initial presentation in 2016, the work has been shown a number of times including at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 2016, Void, Derry in 2016 and Shetland Arts in 2018