Nguyen Duc Diem Quynh (otherwise known as Quynh Lam) / contemporary artist



Quynh graduated from Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh city in 2007 and University of Architecture of Ho Chi Minh City in 2012. In 2017, Quynh was granted by the Fulbright Scholarship from the US Government and she is now pursuing an MFA of Studio Art, University of Tennessee School of Art, Knoxville, United States.


Her concern revolves around historical memories through postwar invisible traumas. From her family’s migration, Quynh’s artwork is a combination of conceptual photography and documentary video. She has an artist book from the 'Vietnam Artists Book Project' of Indochina Arts Partnership, which was sponsored by the Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund, and is archived in the MoMA library, Yamamoto Gendai, Bay Library, Salon Saigon, Dia Project, UCLA library, UTK John C. Hodges Library, Special Collections, and other art hubs. In addition, her works have been featured in many publications: Imago Mundi–Vietnam: New Winds Collection (2015), Saigon Artbook (edition 6, 2016), XEM (issue 7, 2017), Inlen (issue 2, 2017), and other domestic and international exhibitions.


'I enjoy interpreting contemplative portraits of history by incorporating various media including data visualizations, documentary videos, and photographic installations. My artwork examines the connections between my family history and my perception as a woman in Vietnam through identity, memory, and trauma. In order to challenge the roles of women in Vietnamese society, I use organic pigments in my painting that directly engages with social issues as a way to define, but also question, the cultural link between women and nature.'


Lives and works in the United States




2021                   MFA Studio Art, School of Art University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


2012                   B.A Interior Design, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2007                   A.A Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam





2019                   Riedel Fellowship, juried by the Ragdale Curatorial Board, Ragdale Foundation

                            Art Future PrizeNominee list of 15 emerging young artists in Asia, Special Jury Prize          


2018                   Fulbright Scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of States


                            The International World Fellowship, funded by The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

                            Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide

                            23 World Fellowship recipients for 2018-2019 & additional funds for 2019-2020


2016                   Vietnam Artists' Book Prize, juried by Indochina Arts Partnership, funded by CDEF Grant, Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund


2014                   First prize, 'Red memoirs', Red Conceptual Photography




2019                   ‘I Am Not a Spy’, performance – Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

2018                   Be Mesmerized, sponsored by Acacia Fabrics – Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2013                   Secular Tree, performance – Mai’s Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2010                   In Memory of Eden, performance – Ferro-concrete Drilling & Cutting Studio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam





2020                   Le Micro Festival de L’image de Serralongue #2 – Serralongue, France (upcoming)

                            Orange 8 – Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA (upcoming)


2019                   The Foliage III, curated by Mizuki Endo – Vincom Center for Contemporary Art, Hanoi, Vietnam


                            Ringer – A1 LabArts, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

                            SCUL – sUgAR Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

                            Back for Seconds – Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition, juried by Brian R.Jobe, Emporium Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Femissance: Period Piece, curated by the Women’s Coordinating Council – Birdhouse, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Domestic Oasis – Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Obscura, curated by the Big Camera – A1LabArts, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Art Future – Formosa Art Fair, Taipei, Taiwan 


2018                   The Dirty Dozen – Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


            Love and Desire, curated by Zhuang Wubin – Puppet Platform, Hanoi, Vietnam


2017                   Ke: History of Now – Wedeman Gallery, Newton, Massachusetts, USA


                            Artist Books from Vietnam, curated by Bay Library@Rabbits Road Press & OOMK Zine! – Rabbits Road Institute, London, UK


                            Bangkok Art Book Fair 2017 – Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand


                            Revive – Inlen Photo Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


                            The Singapore Art Book Fair 2017  Gillman Barracks, Singapore


                            Installation, XEM Collective – Inlen Photo Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


                            Art For You 6 – Mai’s Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2016                   Under One Sky, Imago Mundi’s itinerant exhibition – Dianxi Science and Technology Normal University, Lincang, Yunnan, China


                            Vietnam Artists Book Project  – The Editorial Marketplace, Asia Art Archive and Vernacular Institute – Taipei Biennial 2016, Taipei, Taiwan


                            Month of Art Practice, site-specific installations – Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam


                            Saigon Artbook 6th Edition – The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


                            The Singapore Artist Book Fair 2016 – ArtScience Museum, Singapore


                            Out of Museum – Sao La Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2015                   March: Art Walk – Sao La Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2013                   Conceptual Photography Project, curated by Zhuang Wubin – Zero Station, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2011                   The Red Thread, performance – Ferro-concrete Drilling & Cutting Studio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam






2019                   Ragdale Artist ResidencyRagdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA  


2018                   Art and War and Genocide Residency – Maine, USA


2016                   Month of Arts Practice-Limited 'n Infinite – Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam


                            Artist in Residence – New Space Arts Foundation, Hue City, Vietnam


                            Demilitarized Zone Project, curated by Makiko Hara – DMZ Art Space, Hue City, Vietnam


2015                   Muong AIR – Muong Cultural Heritage Museum, Hoa Binh, Vietnam




2019                   Transformation in Art Practice – Vincom Center for Contemporary Art, Hanoi, Vietnam

                            Lincoln Memorial University’s first annual Fine Art Graduate Symposium –  Paul V. Hamilton Center for the Arts, Harrogate, Tennessee, USA

                            ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 11, The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, International Conference – Reuter Center, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

                            Featured artist: Quynh Lam - 2019 Riedel Fellow – Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA

2016                   The Birth Collection – The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2015                   Natural Organic Pigments in Painting – Muong Cultural Heritage Museum, Hoa Binh, Vietnam



2020                   Layers of emotion with 'The Foliage III' – Hanoi Grapevine

                            The Foliage III - An Adventurous Experiment of Contemporary Art – Tuoi Tre

2019                   La Photographie Contemporaine Vietnamienne et la Mémoire (Sélection d’œuvres d’artistes Contemporains Vietnamiens ou de la Diaspora Travaillant Leur Histoire),


                            by Blanche Cardoner – École Du Louvre

                            Quynh Lam: Your Stories, Mnemonics – PHmuseum

                            Graduate Student Selected for Notable Residency, Fellowship – School of Art UTK


                            UT MFA candidate communicates Vietnamese trauma, decay in her practice – Phoenix Magazine


                            Graduate Student Wins 2019 Art Future Prize in Taiwan – School of Art UTK


2018                   New Vietnamese Photography in Love and Desire – Matca, August issue


                            Love and Desire: A Reunion Show – by Zhuang Wubin, Southeast Asia Photography


                            Vietnamese Folk Tales and Artist Quynh Lam – Saigoneer Podcast 


                            Quynh Lam and Her Creativity from Natural Materials – VTC10 Netviet Stories


2017                   Quynh Lam, a Peculiar Artist Who Picks Up Floral Remnants – ELLE Magazine, February issue


                            Revive, Inlen Artist Book, 2nd Issue


                            Installation, XEM Collective 7th Issue


                            Month of Art Practice 2016, page 55-56, catalogue


                            Open Innovation 2017, artwork showcased at TEDxHCM – SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy


2016                   Saigon Artbook 6th Edition – Tre Publishing House


                            Vietnamese Artists Excitedly Launched the Saigon Artbook, The Gioi Van Hoa Online


                            Vietnam Artists Book Project, the 8th Engaging with Vietnam Conference, Hawaii


                            Enduring Ephemeral – Vietnam Artist Book Project


                            Quynh Lam, Visual Artist, page 78-83, interviewed by Kelley Engelbrecht – Wonderfilled Magazine Volume Six


2015                   Vietnam: New Winds Collection, curated by Neeraj Ajmani – Imago Mundi project, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fabrica Publisher, Italy   


2011                   Responsibilities of an Architect – Architecture & Living Magazine, November issue


                            A Female Philatelist – Saigon Tiep Thi Magazine, November issue


2010                   Vietnamese Contemporary Artists Establish ‘Ferro-concrete Drilling and Cutting Studio’ – Sports & Culture newspaper, August issue










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