Julia Huynh is a young emerging Toronto based interdisciplinary artist. She is a recent graduate from the joint Art and Art History program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Huynh’s work has recently been exhibited at Photophobia (Hamilton), Artspace Peterborough (Peterborough), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), and The Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga).
Huynh has an interest in examining the limitations that occur from working with both memory and materiality. Huynh identifies as a person of colour and considers herself as an intersectional feminist and prefers to use she/her pronouns. However, she finds it difficult to fully label herself and explicitly identify her gender, sexuality, race, and religion as she continues to try and understand her relationships to each. In her recent work, she explores what it means and feels to be Vietnamese, Canadian, and Vietnamese-Canadian, having grown up in Peterborough, Ontario as a visible minority and a child of refugees.
Recently, Huynh completed a self-directed residency in the rural south of Việt Nam researching her family history to explore her own cultural identity and its diaspora. Through her research, photography, and video-work, Huynh addresses and investigates these feelings of displacement.
Julia Huynh, Untitled, (In Progress), 2016