My Everything

by: Quynh Dong

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Quynh Dong, My Everything, 2012, 16’.

In this performance, a music video is played live in a loop. The artist makes everyday gestures, washing her face, making phone calls, eating instant noodles, and puts herself into the words of the sad love song titled Nếu (If), interpreted by Đông Nhi and Noo Phước Thịnh. Here, Quynh Dong appropriates the vocabulary of the female character in sad music videos. She is interested in questions such as, repetition in performance, theatrical as a tool and portraying stereotypical imagery.

Quynh Dong was born in Hai Phong, Vietnam in 1982. She attended the Design School in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, for a degree in graphic design, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Bern University of Arts and earned her MA in Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. She completed her residency programs at The Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City, US, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands, MMCA Changdong run by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea, and Month of Arts Practice (M​​AP) at Heritage Space in Hanoi, Vietnam. Her first solo exhibition in Vietnam, Quỳnh by Night, was held at Nhà Sàn Collective in 2016. In 2022, she participated in the collective’s project within Documenta fifteen.