Binh Danh was born in a fishing village in southern Vietnam in 1977. Two years later, his family escaped the country on a boat, and were placed in a refugee camp in Malaysia. They eventually emigrated to the U.S. and settled in San Jose, California where Danh was raised in a traditional Vietnamese household. Many of the family's Buddhist rituals focused on the worship of ancestors, which involved meditating on death and its influence on the living.
The themes of mortality, memory, history, landscape, justice, evidence, and spirituality became a lifelong inspiration for Danh. His studio practice explores photography's relationship to memory and landscape with subject matter ranging from the American Civil War to the national parks. His work is included in the collections of the Corcoran Art Gallery, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the deYoung Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Art, the National Art Gallery, and the George Eastman House. In 2012 he was a featured artist at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Australia. He currently teaches photography at Arizona State University.
This ART 158 lecture series event took place January 27, 2016, in the University of Utah Art Building, Salt Lake City, UT. Made possible through the generous support of the Carmen Morton Christensen Endowment, the University of Utah Department of Art & Art History, the College of Fine Arts, and ASUU.