Performance Art, Photography and Video
I N T E R M E D I A / PHOTOGRAPHY
at Cornell College
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
AN-MY LE -- Small Wars
In her recent photographic series Small Wars and 29 Palms, Vietnamese American artist An-My Lê delves into Americans' complicated relationship with war by turning her lens on two of the less familiar sides of conflict: reenactment and rehearsal, respectively. With a style that mirrors documentary photography, Lê depicts Vietnam War reenactors staging theatrical battles in the forests of Virginia and soldiers at the Twentynine Palms, California, military base training for the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — warlike activities without the mortal dangers of war. This exhibition unites 47 large-format, black-and-white pictures from the two series, offering a novel perspective on military engagements that maintains a deliberate ambiguity.