Portrait of LinhLinh was born in Vietnam to a family of 7 kids of which she is the youngest. She grew up in New Zealand in Lower Hutt and now lives in Wadestown in a house that faces the bush. She studied Fine Arts and majored in audio visual art and theory. Her passion for lending a voice to others less able to communicate their needs led her to pursue a career in advocacy.

In her spare time she enjoys learning about the world through documentaries (particularly ones on nature, history, space, and the occasional conspiracy theory….ahem), She is also a lover of music.  Two of her goals are to make more videos and to one day to be able to film the Aurora Borealis.

So let’s find out a little more about Linh….

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A:  Freedom of the mind, and to have the space and time to learn more about the things I love.

Q: What is your greatest fear?

A:  Mice. They are my kryptonite and I have even had hypnotherapy to try and manage my phobia. More introspectively, I fear the idea of total lack of purpose. 

Q: Which person do you most admire?

A:  It’s a toss up between David Attenborough, Stephen Hawking, and Neil Armstrong

Q: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A:  Shyness/awkwardness

Q: What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A:  Ignorance/lack of empathy

Q: What is your greatest extravagance?

A:  I spend a lot of time trawling through music, watching films and documentaries, and musing over various subjects, so my greatest extravagance is the amount of time and energy I devote to my interests.

Q: On what occasions do you lie?

A:  When I don’t like something, I don’t always say so in the moment because I believe feelings and opinions are subject to change. Lying on the other hand can cause an effect that is irrevocable, so I do my best to avoid that unnecessary stress.

Q: What makes you happiest?

A: Getting in “the flow” when I’m working on a project I’m passionate about, and listening/discovering music I haven’t heard before; It gives me angst to know that it is virtually impossible to listen to all the music in the world in one life time.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

A:  To have less reservations.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: My first solo exhibition at the Film Archive and screening of two short films for WUFF (Wellington Underground Film Festival). It was my 15 minutes of fame.

Q: If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?

A: The Aurora Borealis

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My imagination

Q: Who are your heroes in real life?

A: 1960’s performance artist Marina Abramovic

Q: What is it that you most dislike?

A: Lack of trust

Q: What is your motto?

A: “There is no use planning for a future which when you get to it then it becomes the present you won’t be there, you’ll be living in some other future which hasn’t yet arrived; so in this way one is never able actually to inherit and enjoy the fruits of one’s actions. You can’t live at all if you can’t live fully now” – Alan Watts

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