Apr 6th 2019

Millian Giang Lien Pham: Dislocated Labor

@ Prairie

2055 W Cermak Ave, Chicago IL 60608

Opening Saturday, April 6th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, May 12th

In partnership with ACRE, Prairie is pleased to present ‘Dislocated Labor’ a solo exhibition from Millian Giang Lien Pham. The exhibition opens Saturday April 6 with a reception from 6-9pm and runs through May 12, 2019.


I have adopted a different way of living than my parents.
I have transformed their methods of survival to suit current needs.

Everyday I see the figures of my past egging me on.
These anonymous familiars are old social constructions.

They say there is no room to fail.
There is no room to truly be.

The only path is the path of transformation.
But successful changes require keeping the root.

I have a different way of living.
I have transformed to survive.

After trampling in the muddy rice fields of Vietnam as a child then misreading product labels in the United States, Millian Giang Lien Pham went on to receive her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Florida. Pham’s art practice stems from her traumatic childhood memory of Vietnam and the necessary adaptation she had to make in the United States. Her current investigation centers on the micro and macro impact of thoughts and ideas on the body, cultural memory, and invisible inheritance. Her works incorporate sculpture, fiber, video, drawing, collage, and writing in larger installations, and have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In Summer 2017, Pham was an I-Park Artist Enclave Fellow for their residency program in East Haddam, CT. In summer 2018, Pham was a fellow for the Hambidge Artist Residency in Rabun Gap, GA and the ACRE residency program in Steuben, WI. Pham currently teaches foundations studio art at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

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