Dat VU is a Vietnamese photo artist born in Saigon in 1991. He studied overseas in Singapore and the US for about 10 years before returning to Vietnam in 2016. He received my Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in Art Studio from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT, USA) in 2015. In his work, he is strongly concerned with the idea of representation, intervention and performance. Having grown up in many different places, from Saigon to Singapore to Connecticut, he relies on photography to explore, to become familiar with each new environment, and to form his identity beyond cultural and national borders.


He develops his visual language with an inclination towards spatial forms, physical gestures, human behaviors and relationships. At the same time, he grapples with the contexts and concepts that define himself: gender, race and politics. In this ever connecting world, he finds his photographic practice ever changing, going from straight documentary to decontextualization and deconstruction. He strives for the purely visual aesthetics while maintaining an understanding of the symbols and their nuanced meanings.


He constantly thinks about reality in photography, how everyone is oftentimes more fascinated by an obvious fact photographs may represent, rather than their possibilities. He wants to push his practice in a direction that engages with the audience about social norms, about fabricating a photographic reality. In doing this, he looks forward to combining photography with other media, such as installation, performance art and video.

For any inquiries, please contact Dat through the email below

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GRANTS & AWARDS

2017   Materialize Exhibition Grant - The Factory Contemporary Arts Center, HCM, Vietnam

2016   Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship

2014   Visualizing the Environment Grant - Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

2010   Travel Photography Scholarship, World Nomads & National Geographic, Bhutan

2008   Photo Clinic, Canon, South Island, New Zealand


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018  ‘round The Exit Line, Tributary Projects, Canberra, Australia

2017  Muted Conversations, The Factory Contemporary Arts Center, Saigon, Vietnam

2015  Glass Closet, Secret Egg, Zilkha Gallery, CT, USA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016  Constructions of Disquiet, Golden West Community Art Gallery, CA, USA

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