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As a victim of the diaspora after the Vietnam War, Dinh Q. Lê has for the last two decades been largely influenced by identity politics and the challenge of assimilating into his native region after being raised and educated in the United States. Lê’s work includes installation, video, sculpture, and urban interventions. He is perhaps best known for his haunting but beautifully crafted photographic montages that illustrate the dichotomy of his past. Using a traditional Cambodian weaving technique, Lê weaves strips of c-prints of images from the Vietnam War, family portraits, and found images to create works using this unique photographic technique. Since moving to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Lê’s work has been less about the history of the Vietnam War and more about his interest in the future of his country and the universal impact of war and conflict. His photographic works were featured in the Italian Pavilion of the 2003 Venice Biennale and in 2010 he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2007, Lê co-founded Sàn Art, an independent, artist-run exhibition space and reading room located in Ho Chi Minh City.
The lecture will begin at 7:30 pm in the Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Doors open at 7 pm.
Tickets are $8 students and DAM volunteers, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 others.
Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.