Dinh Q. Lê: The Imaginary Country / Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles / Interview, part 2/2

Dinh Q. Lê’s exhibition at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, also presents a continuation of Dinh Q. Lê’s photo-weavings in which black and white photographs taken during the Vietnam War are woven together with richly colored images from present day. In this new work, Lê contrasts the war photographs with patchwork photos of commercial packaging materials; candy wrappers, pop bottles, cereal boxes, and the like. Lê uses these new collages to illustrate a cultural shift in Vietnam in recent years, as corporate logos and insignias gradually replace the war imagery that has long dominated the country’s visual lexicon. Interview with Dinh Q. Lê, part 2/2. By VTV correspondents Parichard Holm and Liza Foreman. Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, September 2, 2006.

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Dinh Q. Lê’s work has recently been included in the Gwangju Biennial 2006, Korea, and the Asia-Pacific Triennial 2006, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; as well as the exhibitions: INFINITE PAINTING: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Center for Contemporary Art, Villa Manin, Codroipa (Udine), Italy; and Persistent Vestiges: Drawings From the American Vietnam War, The Drawing Center, NY. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition entitled Vietnam: Destination For The New Millennium at Asia Society, NY. (excerpt from the press release).

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