Special ExhibitionDinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow
March 19–May 15, 2016
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|
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