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MyLoan Dinh

MyLoan Dinh is a multidisciplinary artist. Reflecting on her experiences as a former refugee and woman of color, her work addresses everyday manifestations of cultural identity, memory and displacement. She explores, through diverse media, the porous boundary between personal and collective history. Her observations are at times serious, at others ironic, or even satirical. She deconstructs materials, images, objects and texts to (re)construct personal experiences and narratives within the greater cultural context of which she is a part.

Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Majoring in visual arts, she studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Arts and Design at Wollongong University New South Wales, Australia. She has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in private collections in the United States, Germany and Switzerland. Notable recent awards and accomplishments include: Arts & Science Council Creative Renewal Fellowship, 2020 Charlotte Magazine BOB Best Local Artist, Arts & Science Council Individual Artists Project Grants, Knight Foundation Celebrate Charlotte Grant, McColl Center for Art + Innovation Residency, Playing For Others Change Makers Honoree, Community Impact Grant from the Partnership for Democracy, Berlin, Department of Arts and Culture of Berlin Individual Artists grants. She is the founder of an award winning international multidisciplinary arts outreach and migration project, We See Heaven Upside Down. Dinh is a member of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the BKK, Professional Association of Visual Artists, Berlin. She and her husband, Till Schmidt-Rimpler, founder and artistic director of Moving Poets, have creative projects in the USA and Germany.

MyLoan Dinh - ICE ICE Bebé


ICE ICE Bebé, 2017
Mixed media
11 x 25", 15 x 8"

ICE ICE Bebé addresses state-sponsored raids and the detention, separation and deportation of immigrant parents. Through this piece, the artist asks: Who are we protecting and excluding as we define ourselves?

Featured in ABOLITION NOW!

Presorted, second class - MyLoad Dinh - Six envelopes with eggshells embedded

Presorted, second class

Presorted, second class, 2020
Envelopes, eggshells
9 x 13”, 6 envelopes

This piece refers to the continued deportation of black and brown bodied immigrants and raises the question: How are we separated into first class citizens, acceptable immigrants vs. second class citizens, undesired immigrants?

Featured in Thank You, No Thank You