Dinh Q. Le – The Thread of Memory and Other Photographs at Musee du quai Branly Jacques Chirac till November 2022

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Le uses strips of photographs mounted on fabric and woven together using the images to represent a means of questioning, splicing and transforming. He has been creating this body of work since the 1990s it is a way to keep the memory alive. The technique that he uses to intertwine images is inspired by watching his aunt weave mats.

Dinh Q. Le’s work is rarely exhibited in France, on display are about twenty works that give a good impression of the oeuvre. His work is constructed from existing photographs  that he deconstructs to give them a new meaning. He never takes any of the photographs himself. For him photographs are a resource to him, matter to be transformed.

One section, Light and Belief, are a representation of his experiences in Vietnam, other’s explore the history of Cambodia and the representation of the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime. The series Splendor and Darkness interweaves portraits of victims and bas-reliefs of Angkor Vat. More recent works, Adrift in Darkness, use images of migrants and reflect on the tragedies of crossing the Mediterranean.

Dinh Q. Le encourages us to call on art as both the source and resource.




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.