Ly Hoàng Ly
Ly Hoàng Ly is a Vietnam visual artist, poet, and editor. Ly graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts in 1999, received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011 and earned her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), majoring in Sculpture in 2013. She spent a year from 2013 to 2014 interning at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (JFABC, SAIC).
Ly Hoàng Ly practices in a multidisciplinary manner, panning across poetry, painting, video, performance art, installation, and public art. Her art raises questions about the general human conditions, the critical states of society, and our shared issues of migration and immigration. It speaks not only on a personal level, but also on a global scale, and of larger things: of (mis)understandings and (mis)placement, of (trans)forming identity and being rootless, of adaptation and acceptance, of division and union, and of being human.
Ly Hoàng Ly has exhibited widely in and outside of Vietnam: ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ – START 2017 (Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2017), ‘Zonas Grises – Grey Zones’ (Museo de Antioquia, Colombia, 2016-2017), ‘Changing Identity’ (Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, USA, 2007), ‘Identities vs. Globalisation’ (National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Thailand; and Dahlem Museum, Berlin, Germany, 2004), ‘Transpop: Korea Vietnam Remix’ (Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea; Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, USA; and Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2007), ‘Connect: Art Scene Vietnam’ (ifa Gallery, Berlin & Stuttgart, Germany, 2009), ‘People vs. Space’ (Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USA, 2012), ‘Faithfully Flat’ (Vietnam Institute for Advanced study in Mathematics, Hanoi, Vietnam; Joan Flasch Artist Books Collection, SAIC, Chicago; and North Branch Projects, Chicago, USA, 2014). In 2016, Ly Hoàng Ly participated in two of the most distinguished exhibitions of the year in Vietnam: ‘Open door – Art through the 30 years of Renovation (1986-2016)’ and ‘Vietnam Eye’ (Hanoi, Vietnam). 2017 sees Ly Hoàng Ly open
her first and yet largest solo exhibition in Vietnam at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre (Ho Chi Minh City)