My artwork (photos + text + installation video) are in a group exhibition in Djúpavík in the West Fjords of Iceland this summer. It's an honor to be a part of this very unique, and very uniquely located, show.
The Factory art exhibition will be held in the old fish factory in Djúpavík from June 1 to August 31, 2018. The focal point of the group show is to explore the artists’ personal relation to, and perception of, Iceland. This year The Factory is hosting 16 international artists/artist groups.
Dead Time, 2018
Dead Time is a hybrid collage of poetry fragments, image and video meant to evoke the “temps morts” of displacement, or one’s inevitable placement in certain histories. As a Vietnamese-born American, artist Dao Strom’s citizenship in the world is informed by multiple histories of violence. She came to Iceland wondering how it would feel, in her particular body, to stand in a geography quite disparate from those histories. This series is a result of that contemplation. The title Dead Time is a nod toward Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Temps Morts/Exilée, in which the phrase “temps morts” expresses the liminal state of being indefinitely severed from one’s roots. Three-plus decades after Cha, Dao Strom looks meaningfully toward her as lineage. But Dao Strom marks the beginning of this work, for herself, by initiating it far from the energies of America. She also adds in sound and collaboration.
You can also see pieces from this series online at The Tenderness Project, a curation project by poets Shayla Lawson & Ross Gay.
Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his bestselling novel The Sympathizer, hosts an evening featuring Vietnamese writers of the diaspora. Representing a variety of genres—fiction, poetry, comics, memoir, children’s literature—these writers are currently fellows at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Thi Bui (Berkeley, California), Nam Le (Sydney), Anna Moi (Paris), Hoa Nguyen (Toronto), Nguyen Phan Que Mai (Jakarta), Aimee Phan (Berkeley, California), Bao Phi (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Dao Strom (Portland, Oregon), and Monique Truong (New York) will read excerpts from new work and hold a roundtable discussion sharing their perspectives on the complexities surrounding refugees and immigrants of color. The writers will be part of the upcoming literary anthology Dialogues Across Borders: War and Race for Vietnamese Writers of the Diaspora.
I'll be writing & participating in dialogues at a writing retreat with other Vietnamese diasporic writers at the Djerassi Artist Residency. An event curated by Viet Thanh Nguyen & facilitated by DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network). Writers: Thi Bui, Nam Le, Anna Moï, Aimee Phan, Bao Phi, Monique Truong, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ocean Vuong.
De-Canon: A Visibility Project partners with Artists' Milepost to host the second installation of our "pop-up library". Library Exhibit & Community Space open from May 12-July 28, 2018. With support from an APANO Place-Making Grant. Curated/co-facilitated by Dao Strom & Neil Aitken.
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) presents :
May 6 2018 / 11:00am-12pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, SF CA 94102
May 5 2018 / 4:00pm-6:30pm
I-Hotel Manilatown Cntr
868 Kearney St, SF CA 94108
(in collaboration with SFSU students)
POETRY & MUSIC PERFORMANCE
in honor of BLACK APRIL
at the PORTLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM (4015 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221)
in the Hướng Nước // Inheritance // Water Art Exhibit
with (starting at 6 PM) :
- Artist Talk by Anna Vo
- Poetry Reading by Dao Strom
- Music by Anna Vo
- Music by Dao Strom
I'll be going to Seattle with Vi Khi Nao + Stacey Tran to celebrate the launch of Stacey Tran's debut poetry collection, Soap for the Dogs, published by Gramma Press.
Join Vi Khi Nao, Dao Strom & Stacey Tran of She Who Has No Master(s) for the launch of Soap for the Dogs. She Who Has No Master(s) is a project that promotes interaction and collaboration between women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. At this event we will celebrate Stacey Tran’s new poetry collection, Soap for the Dogs, with exercises exploring hunger and food memories through poetry.
Join Vi Khi Nao, Dao Strom & Stacey Tran of She Who Has No Master(s) at the Working Library. She Who Has No Master(s) is a project that promotes interaction and collaboration between women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. At this event we will celebrate Stacey Tran’s new poetry collection, Soap for the Dogs, with exercises exploring hunger and food memories through poetry.
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How to Make Coffee and Other Things sets out to create an intimate social space for conversation. An ongoing investigation into how objects, individuals, and ideas are interconnected.
Tight. Moving. Aural. Physical. Breath. Beat. Lost. Loose. Breathless. Minutes? Months? Meters? Monsters? Monograms? Macaroons? 15 m = ? Four ways. Samiya Bashir dreamcasts Portland poets Shayla Lawson and Dao Strom, plus special guest Ronaldo V. Wilson and collaborating artist Roland Dahwen Wu, as together they guide poetry through space. Four ways. Solve for the poem. What? See for yourself.
De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a popup library and social engagement project showcasing writers and artists of color, launched with our first installation exhibit at UNA Gallery, from Aug 3 to 26.
De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that showcases literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation. De-Canon wishes to challenge existing ideas of what constitutes the North American literary canon, especially in our current culture.
The American Library in Paris is pleased to present a collective reading and presentation called "She Who Has No Master(s)" showcasing nine women writers of Vietnamese descent, now located in the U.S., Canada and France, who will come together and read from a collective project exploring themes such as displacement, silence, memory and trauma, repercussions of war and colonialism. The writing collective consists of acclaimed and award-winning authors and academics encompassing a range of literary disciplines, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, performance, and criticism.
7pm: Reading/Performance from We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, etc.
Presented by Gwen Frostic Reading Series, Western Michigan University.
PURRR (Poets. United. To. Read. Rouse. Resist.) hosted a launch event at the IPRC on 3/4/17. In a nod to the 15th Amendment, and the 270 required electoral votes, we invited 15 poets to contribute to a 270-line collaborative poem centered around the theme of "the vote". We referenced these reading materials in our writing, and then 'arranged' our poem semi-spontaneously during the live reading on 3/4/17.
A night of poetry + music. Featuring all women artists.
Poets: Coleman Stevenson, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Sarah Bartlett, Shayla Lawson, Stephanie Adams-Santos
Songwriters: Lindsay Clark, Kelly Anne Masigat, Timmy Straw, Dao Strom
All proceeds from the show went to IRCO (International Refugee Center of Oregon)
Poetry Reading @ Passages Bookshop. With: Amaranth Borsuk, Jennifer Kronovet, Sarah Mangold, Sarah Rosenthal, Dao Strom, Valerie Witte.
MicCheck! is a project of APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)'s Arts Media Project (AMP) collective. A poetry reading with four API poets will take place at Midland Library, Portland OR. With: Neil Aitken, Margaret Rhee, Dao Strom, Armin Tolentino.
Poetry & music curated by Coleman Stevenson for Workshop Vintage, a shop featuring unique vintage finds & goods by local makers, including limited-edition books & chapbooks by Portland poets. With: Timmy Straw, Hajara Quinn, Dao Strom, & guests. Free.
Poetry+Music+Storyteling+API women artists. New series. With music, storytelling, poetry, and illustration by: Dao Strom, Elina Lim, A’Misa Chiu, Pamela Santos, Ginger Ko, and Anna Vo.
Performing music in support of Shayla Lawson's new book of poems, PANTONE. With readings/performances by Shayla Lawson, Coleman Stevenson, Dao Strom, La Priesteza; DJing by Lamar Leroy.
Group show featuring work by image-text artists from Portland OR and from the IPRC Image-Text Certificate Program Track. With pieces by: Benjamin Charbonneau, John Akira Harrold, A.M. O'Malley, Rubina Martini, Dao Strom, Sophia Vidal, Marilyn Tornado.
Debut of a new hybrid forms series event, INHERITORS, co-curated with Tell It Slant Reading Series (Danielle Frandina) & A.M. O'Malley (IPRC). With readings by: Angie Chau, Aimee Phan, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, Julie Thi Underhill.
INHERITORS is a hybrid-art & literary series exploring the theme of aftermath as expressed through the lenses of multidisciplinary artists/collaborations who are descendants and inheritors of violence stemming from war, cultural and civil upheaval, domestic abuse, intergenerational trauma, domestic and other forms of power abuses.
Our May 28th debut event, She Who Has No Master(s), will gather the voices/experiences of female descendants and inheritors of the Vietnam War and refugee exodus.
AWP 2016 Panel Reading: Beyond 40 Years: A Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network reading of Vietnamese American Fiction Writers
Reading with: Bich Minh Nguyen, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Vu Tran @ AWP 2016 Conference & Book Fair. Los Angeles Convention Center, CA.
Hosted and presented by all artists of color. Curated by Stacey Tran. A night of voice / movement / poetry / music / visual installation by Portland-based artists exploring space, memory, time, lineage, and rituals of sharing. With: Intisar Abioto, Claire Barrera, Ripley Snell, Eileen Isagon Skyers, Dao Strom, Takahiro Yamamoto.
I think that when we talk about “space” in these terms we are often talking about belonging; and it is a form of belonging that is not only physical, but personal, cultural, sexual, social, aesthetic, psychological, ideological, philosophical. We are asking, ultimately, we are also challenging/testing, how much or how well we will be allowed in(to) a space—in essence: are we welcome?—to be, expose, express, share and have received, ourselves in authentic and whole displays... On February 3rd, a group of artists will be “holding space” in Portland, Oregon. The event is named for its intent to construct and claim “space” for artists of color. This reflects, at least in part, on some debates that have arisen (largely via social media) regarding the “whiteness” of “spaces”—in arenas of art and literary enterprises, namely—in the otherwise very liberal, cultured, and progressive “space” that Portland as a town is reputed to be...The most basic distillation of the question might be this: are people of color being justly represented in the “spaces” they (too) occupy? And what is just representation—what should it look like? And who is or should be responsible for curating, organizing, initiating and/or staking claim to and in those spaces? -- from interview & reflection with Stacey Tran for diacritics.org