Le Hien Minh (b. 1979, Hanoi, Vietnam) is known to persistently employ a Vietnamese traditional handmade paper called Dó, with which she constructs large scale installations. In her work, Dó paper is visibly vulnerable to the effects of weathering and human treatment. Materiality, whether on the point of dematerialization or materialization, is central. It is a manifestation of an idea that all things are impermanent.
Additionally, Le Hien Minh’s work acts as a bridge between contemporary and traditional Vietnamese art and also between modern and historical Vietnamese culture. She studied traditional Lacquer at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Art and acquired a degree in Fine Art from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, USA. Her works have been exhibited in major museums and galleries in Vietnam as well as in Korea, Taiwan, and the USA since 2003. Le Hien Minh currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.
Divine Feminine is inspired by traditional Vietnamese female religious iconography (specifically, three female goddesses of the Đạo Mẫu folk religion). These three female icons are believed to have originated from the matriarchal societies of ancient Vietnam.
Divine Feminine is a study of Vietnamese matriarchal imagery and traditional craft, but also a reflection of my personal intention to celebrate female power, strength and sensibility.
17.5.–1.7.2019 Shopping centre REDI, roof
1.7.–14.8.2019 Restaurant Töölönranta
14.8.–15.9.2019 Allas Sea Pool