Dinh Q. Lê at Shoshana Wayne Gallery: Unspooling the horrors of Vietnam

Dinh Q. Lê at Shoshana Wayne Gallery: Unspooling the horrors of Vietnam

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The recent Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary notwithstanding, the Vietnam War is an event that simply can’t be fully understood. Much of Dinh Q. Lê’s art is driven by this sense of the unresolvable, of competing narratives — personal experience, collective memory, historical record, fictional accounts, propaganda and more.

Born in Vietnam in 1968, Lê and his family sought refuge in the U.S. in 1978. Educated in Southern California and New York, Lê returned to Vietnam in the mid-’90s, and he lives in Ho Chi Minh City. He has worked in a range of media but is best known for photographic weavings of disparate images. No single image can be fully read. Wholeness is unachievable;…



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