Ho Chi Minh City
Quỳnh Phạm – Owner and Director of Galerie Quynh – has spent close to two decades promoting contemporary art practice in Vietnam. Through exhibitions, publications, talks/lectures, and collaborations with local and international cultural organizations, Galerie Quynh has been a major force in supporting a sustainable ecosystem for the arts in Vietnam. In 2014 Quỳnh founded the non-profit educational initiative Sao La. Spearheaded by Ho Chi Minh City-based artists Nguyễn Kim Tố Lan and Nguyễn Đức Đạt, Sao La comprises a young, diverse group of passionate creatives. Working loosely as a collective, Sao La presents public programs that include exhibitions, film/video screenings, workshops and lectures with local and international partners. Quỳnh was born in Danang, Vietnam and relocated to the USA as a refugee at the end of the Vietnam War. Raised in California, she studied Art History/Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked in the arts for over 25 years with experience in galleries and museums including the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Quỳnh has spoken on contemporary Vietnamese art to groups from institutions such as the Asia Society, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has also given talks to the YPO/WPO and various business and school groups, while participating in symposiums hosted by institutions such as The Huntington Beach Art Center in California, TheatreWorks in Singapore, and Osaka University in Japan.