My-Van Dam is a multidisciplinary artist and a cultural worker based in Montreal. She graduated from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) in visual and media art. She is interested in the transmission of transgenerational traumas, memory, vulnerability, resilience and the healing process. In her practice, she questions the impact of trauma on our psychological and physical health, our interpersonal relationships and identity. Her creative process is a reflection based on the materialization of psychological states and identity issues resulting from this interior confrontation animated by psychic legacies. She seeks different ways to highlight the inner challenge of facing our suffering memories by creating works that testify different states of vulnerability. She has participated in several group exhibitions, notably at the Patrick Mikhail gallery, Place-des-Arts in Montreal and the ArtHelix gallery in New York.
Painting with my body, video performance, 19min, 2016
Painting with my body is a video performance that explores the themes of self-expression and body memory. In this project, I perform on four canvases of different formats, each with distinct constraints of time and space. How does the body express itself within a given space and time? How does those two factors play a role in our capacity to connect with our vulnerability and memory?
Diane Wong, Elizabeth Davis, Tamara Harkness, Chaeyeon Park, Sarah Piché.