A Digital Exchange Format for Transnational Perspectives in Art and Memory Work

Memories, like artworks, are embedded in their specific contexts and are never easily “universal”. Decentralized narratives and exchanges of heterogeneous contexts are therefore essential, to challenge the dominant stories in one’s one surroundings but also to discover new connections and potential for solidarity across borders. This online discourse series is part of the program focus WHEN MEMORIES MEET and expands discussions across different regions. Diverse artists are invited to share their strategies and insight in dealing with memory and remembrance. The series is a platform to make memories meet, and reflect on art practices in a global context.

The discourse format was developed by Betty Yi-Chun Chen, together with Tra Bich Nguyen and River Lin.



Understanding histories has never been as straightforward as reading a page, or looking at an artifact. It is a concept as flux as our own memories, evolving along with the interpretation of our everyday life. Theater-makers Hans-Werner Kroesinger and Regine Dura have addressed pressing social issues with historically-informed performances for many years. The work of visual artist, Dinh Q. Lê, based in Saigon, Vietnam, persistently challenges the popularizing affect of history, specifically that of the American-Vietnam war. A rare encounter that shows how a deeper understanding of history is possible in tandem with memory.

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Hans-Werner Kroesinger has started working as assistant director and dramaturg for Robert Wilson since he was a student, and has been part of the creative team for Heiner Muller’s Hamlet/Hamletmachine in 1989. Collaborating with Regine Dura since 2000’s, they have been creating performances that speak to critical issues such as border safeguarding, conflicting historical narratives, or Muslim LGBTIQ, etc… in modern society.

Regine Dura studied Theatre and Film studies, German Literature and Art Education at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/M. and Video at the University of the Arts, Berlin. She works as a director, author and dramaturge for film, theatre and radio. In 2016 ‘Stolpersteine Staatstheater’, the collaborative work with theater-maker Hans-Werner Kroesinger, was showcased at Berliner Theatertreffen.

Dinh Q. Lê learns the craft of weaving from his aunt and turns it into his signature during his studies at UC Santa Barbara. His works have been exhibited at major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac (Paris), and the National Gallery (Singapore). He is the founder of Sàn Art, the longest-running independent art space in Hồ Chí Minh City.

Betty Yi-Chun Chen is dramaturg and translator. She studied English Literature and Theatre Studies in Taipei and Bochum. From 2012 to 2022, she worked with the Taipei Arts Festival. As a freelance dramaturg she has worked with artists and curators from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Germany. A constant emphasis in her work is the friction between individual and collective narratives. She writes about contemporary practices of political theatre and has translated books and plays from German/English to Chinese. Betty Yi-Chun Chen is co-curator of this year's SPIELART Theatre Festival.

Trà Nguyễn is former Acting Director of Sàn Art, the longest-running independent art space in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Since 2018, Trà Nguyễn initiated ‘The Run – A Theater Project’, seeking to build infrastructure for experimental theater-making. Her theater works and workshops engage various elements of theater, performance, and visual art to explore the possibilities of performances. She will be a Visiting Faculty for an introductory class on Theater and Performance at Fulbright University in Autumn 2023.


With Dinh Q. Lê | Hans-Werner Kroesinger | Regine Dura Moderation Trà Nguyễn | Betty Yi-Chun Chen


The talk will take place live in Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam on 19.09. and will be available as a video recording on our website from 22.09.

Production & Realization

Collaboration with Sàn Art | Taipei Arts Festival.


Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation | Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media


Kulturstiftung des Bundes BKM