22 Feb MYLOAN DINH: MIXED BLESSINGS
April 28, 2022 – June 18, 2022
Mixed Blessings, an expansive solo exhibition presenting paintings, sculptures, and installations, draws from the shuffling, cross-cultural entanglements that comprise multi-disciplinary artist MyLoan Dinh’s experiences with faith and identity. Born in Vietnam, Dinh escaped her war-torn country as a child with her family, moving between refugee camps, resettling as a sponsored family by a Lutheran Church in the Appalachian Mountains, and ultimately finding her home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The formation of Dinh’s spiritual identity is conspicuously composite—she was raised in a traditional Southeast Asian Buddhist household and educated in public schools in the predominantly Christian South. These geographic, social, cultural, and religious influences have significantly shaped her life perspective and creative pursuits. In this new body of work, Dinh offers a contemplative navigation through the complex, interwoven layers of her spiritual and cultural identity, in view of historical and contemporary narratives, and shares not only the intricate histories woven in her personal story, but also the labyrinthine structures of human identity more broadly. Her work constructs spaces within which the ever-changing, always unfinished meanings of identity can be explored, subverted, and reimagined.
Itinerary of Events
Opening Celebration & Artist Performance
Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Longing for harmonies (part I), a performance installation by MyLoan Dinh | 6:30 PM
Illusions of Us: Exploring the Intersectionality of Religion, Art, and Justice
Thursday, May 5 | 6 – 8 PM
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. de’Angelo Dia. Panelists include: MyLoan Dinh, Rabbi Judy Schindler, Hector Vaca, Helms Jarrell and Stacy Monday. Poetry reading by: Olivia Chauntelle, Alex Osborne and Dr. de’Angelo Dia.
Demystifying Performance Art: A Conversation with Vice President and Creative Director at McColl Center, Jonell Logan and Artist MyLoan Dinh.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 11am
MyLoan will perform Longing for harmonies (part I) during Demystifying Performance Art. Dinh debuted Longing for harmonies (part 1) during the opening reception for her solo exhibition Mixed Blessings.