Dinh Q. Lê, ‘Untitled 5’, 2004, Shoshana Wayne Gallery

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

About Dinh Q. Lê

Vietnamese, b. 1968, Hà Tiên, Vietnam, based in Vietnam and Los Angeles

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Dinh Q. Lê: The Colony, Ikon / Plinth, Birmingham
Dinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
DINH Q. LE: Tropicana Migration, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Still Moving: A Triple Bill on the Image, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore
Crossing the Farther Shore, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston