Linh Valerie Pham

Linh Valerie Pham (*1993) is an experimental theater and puppetry artist. She is interested in “movement, puppetry, breath, pretty words, ugly words, and all things magical. Her aim as an artist is to tell stories in a way that disrupts and destabilizes order.” She is the founder and artistic director of Mat Tran Ensemble, a performing arts collective with a focus on inclusive and socially-engaged practices. The Ensemble and her own works have been showcased at Goethe Institut (Hanoi), A Space for Experimental Arts (Hanoi), Vincom Center for Contemporary Arts (Hanoi), The Factory Contemporary Arts Center (HCM City), Soul Live Project (HCM City), IFC (Yogyakarta), Brick Theater (New York), CPR-Center for Performance Research (New York), and Dixon Place (New York). She was artist-in-residence at Rimbun Dahan (Malaysia), Udaipur (India), and in the Next Generation Programme by ASSITEJ International as well as a fellow of Arts for Good Singapore. Currently, Pham is also a full-time puppetry director at San Khau Viet. She lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Pham completed an artistic residency held in 2022 in Prague in the framework of the / Biennale Matter of Art project Center and Periphery: Cultural Deserts in Eastern Europe, funded by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EEA and Norway Grants) in the program Culture. The residency resulted in the creation of a new work that was exhibited at the second edition of the Biennale Matter of Art 2022 in Prague.