An-My Lê Untitled (Viêt Nam), 1994-1998

1 Untitled Vietnam (airplanes)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Gia Lai, 1994

2 Untitled Vietnam (But Thap brick factory)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, But Thap, 1996

3 Untitled Vietnam (Hanoi girl in doorway)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Hanoi, 1994

4 Untitled Vietnam (Hanoi gymnasium)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Hanoi, 1998

4b

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Hanoi, 1995

5 Untitled Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City kites)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Ho Chi Minh City, 1998

6 Untitled Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City river)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Ho Chi Minh City, 1995

7 Untitled Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City soccer)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Ho Chi Minh City, 1998

8 Untitled Vietnam (Lao Bao fire Tchepole riv II

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Lao Bao II, 1998

9 Untitled Vietnam (Mekong Delta betel leaf garden)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Mekong Delta, 1995

10 Untitled Vietnam (Mekong Delta w geese.sm

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Mekong Delta, 1994

11 Untitled Vietnam (Sapa boy w coals)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Sapa, 1995

12 Untitled Vietnam (Soc Son chinese house)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Soc Son, 1996

13 Untitled Vietnam (Son Tay communal garden)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Son Tay, 1998

14 Untitled Vietnam (Thanh Hoa soccer)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Thanh Hoa, 1998

15 Untitled Vietnam (Tien Phuong slingshot)

© An-My Lê - Untitled, Thanh Hoa, 1995

 

The subject of Vietnam, more specifically the Vietnam of the mind, has been the focus of my work for some time now. In 1994 I returned to Vietnam for the first time since the end of the war for an extended photographic project. Over the years, disconnected from the place and with only a handful of family pictures available, I had come to construct my own notions of Vietnam drawn from childhood memories, photojournalism, and Hollywood films. Instead of examining contemporary Vietnam and seeking the real, I therefore made photographs that only use the real to ground the imaginary. Even though the war itself was not the focus of these photographs, it was present because of its conspicuous absence.

An-My Lê, Cabinet, Issue 2, Spring 2001

 

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