Special ExhibitionDinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow

Born in Hà Tiên, Vietnam, near the border with Cambodia, Dinh Q. Lê (b.1968) moved to the United States with his family at the age of 10, fleeing invasion by the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot. After studying photography and media arts at university, he made a stunning debut with a series created using the technique of “photo-weaving” inspired by traditional Vietnamese woven mats. These works, made by thinly slicing up images from Hollywood films and journalistic photographs from the Vietnam War and weaving many layers of images together, were rooted in Dinh’s issues of identity as a Vietnamese person who had left his home country at a young age and grown up in an American cultural environment.

The artist rose to further international prominence with The Farmers and The Helicopters (2006), which contained interviews with a Vietnamese man who was attempting to build his own helicopter and other people discussing their feelings about the flying machines, interspersed with Vietnam War scenes gleaned from American movies and news footage, dipicting Vietnamese citizens’ complex relationship to the war. Currently based in Ho Chi Minh, Dinh produces video installations based on thorough research and interviews, which shed light on the past through people’s discussions of actual experiences, and address issues such as war and immigration from unique vantage points.

Forty years after the Vietnam War drew to a close, and 70 years since the end of World War II, it is more crucial than ever that we take a long, close look at the tragic legacy of these wars, so as to prevent invisible forces from once again setting the world on the march to destruction. In this exhibition, the works of Dinh Q Lê present to us the memories of individuals that have been lost in the shadows of history, and inspire each of us to think deeply about our futures.

Date March 19 -May 15, 2016
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except March 21), March 22
Admission Adults 1,030 (820) yen, university students 720 (620) yen, high school students and seniors[65 and over] 510 (410) yen
*Figures in parentheses: Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more
*Junior high school students and younger: Free admission
*May 5: Free admission for children through high-school
Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chugoku Shimbun
Supported by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd., Onomichi FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd.
In collaboration with Mori Art Museum

Artist Talk

Date: Saturday March 19, 14:00–15:30
Venue: Museum Studio
*Admission free with the same-day ticket to the exhibition.
*No booking necessary.

Gallery Talks by the Curator

Date: Sunday March 20,14:00-15:00 :Sunday April 24, 14:00–15:00
*No reservation required
*Admission ticket for exhibition required

Dinh Q. Lê

The Farmers and the Helicopters, 2006
Collaborating Artists: Quoc Tran, Le Van Danh, Phu-Nam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Commissioned by Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
Installation view: "Reflection: The World Though Art" DOJIMA RIVER BIENNALE 2009, Osaka, Photo: Fukunaga Kazuo

Come Back to Saigon (from the series Vietnam Destination for the New Millenium), 2005
Courtesy of Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland

Untitled (Paramount), 2003
Collection: Ann and Mel Schaffer Family, New York
Photo courtesy: Bellevue Arts Museum, WA

Damaged Gene, 1998
Commissioned by The Gunk Foundation, New York