Kai Duc Luong
Artist Bio Born in 1975 in Phnom-Penh, KAI-DUC LUONG fled the oppressive Khmer Rouge regime from Cambodia to Vietnam to France, where his family settled in Paris, in 1978. KAI-DUC operates between Chicago and Paris. His artistic projects include video (art / doc / film), photography, and mixed media installations. His unconventional path as a self-taught outsider artist, trained in digital communication & systems engineering, gives him a unique perspective, at times questioning subject matters through the understanding of transmission and systems (e.g. the primary emotions, the five senses, the stages of grief, the art industry). His works have been showcased at international film festivals, museums and galleries across the world (NY, Paris, LA, Dubai, Hawaii, Moscow or Chicago).
KAI-DUC also operates as a successful award-winning filmmaker - videographer - photographer working on video and film production projects as various as corporate, commercial, editorial, documentary, event and wedding, and live streaming video. He was the recipient of a 2012 PDN Photo Annual award for best video, a PDN Top Knots in 2013 and 2012 for best wedding video, a 2013 AX3 American Aperture Awards Honoree, and a 2014 Silver Award from the Wedding & Portrait Association WPPI, and is the recipient of the 2017/2018 Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award & 2016/2017 People Love Us on Yelp Award.
He is also a board member of the non-for-profit Arts & Cultural Exchange organization Pasfarda and the Chicago International Film Festival Education Advisory Committee.
KAI-DUC is currently working on his second feature film inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) which will be an opera film featuring French actor Denis Lavant (The Lovers on the Bridge, Beau Travail, Holy Motors) and musical performances by the medieval ensemble La Camera Delle Lacrime. This movie will be completed by 2020 and will include original texts from Dante's book as well as animation, aerial shots and video-art.
Hutson, Stuart, "Kai Duc Luong Interview" (2019). Asian American Art Oral History Project. 132.