Quynh Dong (originally Đồng Thị Như Quỳnh) was born on 25 December 1982 in Hanoi’s seaport, Hai Phong, in Northern Vietnam. From 2000 to 2004 she attended the Design School in Biel/Bienne for a degree in graphic design, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Bern University of Arts and earned her Master of Arts in Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. Today Quynh Dong lives in Zürich, where she worked as a recipient of the BINZ39 award until 2012.
Quynh Dong presents hyper-worlds, built from cultural stereotypes and clichés, then pushed to the brink of emotional overload. Kitsch is a conscious strategy in Dong’s research.
Over the past ten years, narrative has become less and less important in her work. The theatrical focus has moved away from the actors and towards the setting. The stage has become the true protagonist and video has evolved into light sculpture. The ceramic objects she started making last year can be seen as the next logical step of transferring props from the screen into real life.