Join us for this exclusive opportunity to attend a lecture and in-conversation event with exhibiting artist Dinh Q Lê.
Lê is traveling to Europe from Vietnam in November, and will be making a special trip to Sheffield to take part in the Transmission Lecture Series, a series of free art lectures produced by Site Gallery in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University’s Fine Art Department. Artangel’s Collection Coordinator Phoebe James, who commissioned the film, will join Lê for an in-conversation directly after his lecture.
For a chance to see Dinh Q Lê’s The Colony, all are welcome at Site Gallery for drinks following Transmission, 6pm – 7:30pm.
Please note that Transmission does not take place at Site Gallery, but in ADSETT-6620 lecture theatre at Sheffield Hallam University.
Directions to ADSETT-6620: ADSETT-6620 is a lecture theatre in Adsetts Learning Centre, the Sheffield Hallam University library. The building is on Arundel Gate, directly opposite the Central Library and Lyceum Theatre. Access via Arundel Gate, and the entrance to the lecture hall is in the immediate foyer of the building.
Immersing the viewer in panoramic scenes of timeless and desolate islands, The Colony gradually reveals a sublime landscape with a complex history; set in the Chincha Islands off the coast of Peru, the rocky home to an enormous colony of birds. This event will give you a unique insight into Lê’s artistic practice, his motivations to make the film, as well as the context in which it was commissioned.
The Colony is commissioned by Artangel, Ikon, Han Nefkens H+F Collection and Proyecto Amil, Lima. It is part of The Artangel Collection, an initiative to bring outstanding film and video works, commissioned and produced by Artangel, to galleries and museums across the UK. The Artangel Collection has been developed in partnership with Tate, is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Foyle Foundation and uses public funding from Arts Council England.
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).
Dinh Q. Lê Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro
Film still: Dormitory and Worker Kitchen On Chinca Norte Island