Dinh Q. Lê’s video installation The Colony will be on show at Hardwick Gallery in Cheltenham.
The Colony explores the effect of the guano trade on the landscape of the Chincha Islands off the coast of Peru, once the location of international conflict over land and trading. With special permission, Lê was able to film the now uninhabited landscape, its colonies of birds, and the workers who return every few years to harvest the guano by hand.
On Friday 5th November Hardwick Gallery will be hosting a one-day online symposium titled Revisiting The Colony to reflect on the themes of resource extraction and colonialism raised by the artwork. Speakers include Nigel Clarke and Bronislaw Szerszynski (authors of Planetary Social Thought), Jane Hutton (author of Reciprocal Landscapes), and University of Gloucester researcher Jean Boyd. Register for the event here.
Open Monday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00
Access and visitor information can be found on the Hardwick Gallery website.
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