Dinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow

Art, Mixed media
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'Come Back to Saigon' (from the series "Vietnam Destination of the New Millennium"), 2005, Digital print. Courtesy of Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland
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'Persistence of Memory #10', 2000-01, C-print and linen tape. Collection: Joy of Giving Something, Inc., New York
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Commissioned by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2015

Questioning the ideologies, dogmas and preconceptions that surround his native country and, especially, its war with the US, Vietnamese-American photographer Dinh Q. Lê first broke into the spotlight with his tapestry-like 'woven photos'. That series and a wide range of more recent works make up this large-scale solo exhibit at the Mori Museum, where Lê's genre-crossing art is displayed from a multitude of perspectives. As this year marks both the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War and 70 years since the end of World War II, the artist has sought to bring these two themes together in an interesting video piece depicting a Japanese enthusiast of Vietnam War re-enactment. Catch this work and other rigorously researched mini-documentaries at 'Memory for Tomorrow', which also features a lecture programme (details in English here).

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