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Roger Ballen
Phillip S. Block
Michelle Bogre
Daniel Cooney
Dana Faconti
Stephen Frailey
Allen Frame
Sunil Gupta
An-My Lê
Javier Ramírez Limón
Lesley A. Martin
Lorie Novak
Tod Papageorge
Stephen Shore
Ricardo Trabulsi
Yvonne Venegas
Jeremy Wafer
Eric Weeks

An-My Lê

 

An-My Lê came to the United States as a political refugee in 1975. In 1993 she completed an MFA in Photography at Yale University. Between 1994 and 1998 she made several trips back to Vietnam to discover and photograph her native country in peacetime. Since 1999 An-My Lê has explored the military conflicts that have framed the last half-century of American history: the war in Vietnam and the current war in Iraq. The artist approaches these events obliquely. Instead of addressing her subject by creating reportage images of actual events, she photographs places where war is psychologically anticipated, processed, and relived: Vietnam War re-enactments in Virginia and North Carolina; the US Marines’ training in the “virtual” Afghanistan and Iraq of the Californian desert.

 

An-My Lê’s latest ongoing body of work—Events Ashore – consists  of color photographs shot in various coastal and oceanic locations in the world (Japan, Australia, Kuwait, Antarctica) where the US Marines and Navy are strategically stationed to train for and deploy in current and potential conflicts. These images of stunning seascapes trace the circulation of military and economic power and question the concept of territorial waters and the legitimacy of military action in zones other those of current warfare. Throughout her work, Lê places particular emphasis on the relationship between military technologies and the landscape, engaging with the history of landscape representation in art from the nineteenth century through the present.

 

An-My Lê’s work is in the collections of many major museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; Yale University Art Gallery; Indianapolis Museum of Art; and Palm Springs Art Museum.  Solo exhibitions include New Photography 13, MoMA, New York; Small Wars, PS1/MOMA Contemporary Art Center. Since 2006 a traveling solo exhibition, Small Wars: Photographs by An-My Lê, has been shown at RISD Museum, Providence; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the National Media Museum, Bradford, UK, the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; SF MoMA, San Francisco; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Johnson Museum, Cornell University; and Boise Art Museum, Idaho. From September 2006 to September 2008 her recent series of photographs,Trap Rock,  was on view at Dia: Beacon. A large series of her recent photographs is currently on view in On the Subject of War at the Barbican Art Gallery, London.