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Untitled 5, 2004 is part of the artist’s “From Vietnam to Hollywood” series in which Lê interweaves stills from Hollywood movies about the Vietnam War such as Born on the Fourth of July and The Quiet American with press photos of the war taken by western journalists and pictures from everyday life during the war. The artist also attempted to include press photographs of the war taken by Vietnamese but few were available. This series speaks to the ways in which memory is constructed via dominant narratives and, in this case, popular culture. Such constructions and impositions make the distinction between one’s own real experience and an imposed memory difficult to differentiate.
Acquired from the artist
Vietnamese, b. 1968, Hà Tiên, Vietnam, based in Vietnam and Los Angeles