Dacchi Dang

15/11/2016 to 16/12/2016

Dacchi Dang was born in Saigon 1966 in a Chinese/Vietnamese family and currently live and work as an artist and independent scholar in Sydney. His art training began in 1987 when I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and followed by a Master of Arts at College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales. Recently Dacchi completed a PhD at Queensland College of Arts Griffith University researching the notion of home through the lens of an Australian Chinese/Vietnamese Artist. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of various artists in residencies at Bundanon, Hill End, Metro Arts, Art Space, Peel Island, Cite Internationale des Arts Paris, Tokyo University of Arts Geidai & Ueno Town Museum, Performing Arts forum (PAF) St Erme, France.

Career highlights to date have included significant group exhibitions (including Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A for the Sydney Festival), DMZ at CASA, and in Paris and Belgium with leading national and international artists such as Guan Wei, Dinh Q Le, Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba, George Gittoes, Richard Goodwin, Simryn Gill, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Tracey Moffatt, Khalid Sabsabi and Shaun Gladwell.

In 2016 The Australian War Memorial commissioned Dacchi to create new works that respond to the Vietnamese-Australian perspective on the Vietnam War. These new works are a welcome contribution that will help address the gap in the Memorial’s collection as the Vietnamese-Australian perspective on the Vietnam War has been under represented. The commissioning of artworks for this national collection of significant historical importance will, for the first time, address Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War from an Australian-Vietnamese perspective.

Vietnamese culture and history is a lived reality in Australia but the Vietnamese–Australian perspective on the Vietnam War has not previously been represented in the Memorial’s art collection. The experiences of Vietnamese–Australians have the potential to further the understanding of this conflict for all Australians and, especially, its enduring impact on Australian society.

During his residency at Gorman Arts Centre, Dacchi working on a series of drawings and photography, as well as conducting archival research of material texts at the Australian War Memorial in preparation and fabrication of the final images for the two artworks commissioned by The Australian War Memorial.