Today we released our eighth film in our series for Rice University Art Gallery. It’s hard to believe we’ve already produced eight short artist documentaries for Rice Gallery. Each film has brought an incredible artist into our lives whose work and stories have inspired us. We’re so grateful to have the chance to travel to Houston and document such a dynamic and beautiful installation space.
Our latest film follows the work of acclaimed Vietnamese American artist Dinh Q. Lê. In his exhibition, Crossing the Farther Shore, Lê presents thousands of photographs of Southern Vietnam taken before and during the Vietnam War. Lê considers these images to be an important record documenting the everyday lives of Southern Vietnamese people – how they dressed, looked, and felt. Such photos are one of the few records of South Vietnam that have escaped from the Northern Vietnamese communist government’s systematic effort to erase the pre-1975 existence of the South.
The photographs also serve as a counter narrative to the images the world saw of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The hand-stitched structures allude to the mosquito nets under which people sleep in Vietnam, creating what Lê calls a “sleeping, dreaming memory of Vietnam.”
“Most of these photos were taken because people want to remember special or happy moments in their lives. It is an extreme contrast to the photographs that the world saw of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.” – Dinh Q. Lê
Lê was born in 1968 in Hà Tiên, Vietnam. His family left war-torn Vietnam in 1979 and settled in southern California. In 1996, he moved from New York to Ho Chi Minh City where he now resides. Watch our film below:
Dinh Q. Lê: Crossing the Farther Shore
Rice University Art Gallery
6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005
On view April 10 – August 28, 2014
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