at home: Artists in Conversation
Join us for lively and inspiring conversations with some of today’s most notable artists. at home: Artists in Conversation brings together curators and artists to discuss various artistic practices and insights into their work.
About An-My Lê
Born in Vietnam in 1960, Lê is a Vietnamese American photographer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Along with her family, Lê fled Vietnam in 1975, the final year of the Vietnam War, and settled in the United States as a political refugee. Her memories of a war-torn country deeply influence her work. Her photographs and films look at the impact, consequences, and representation of war, often framing a tension between the natural landscape and its violent transformation into battlegrounds.
This conversation will explore Lê’s artistic practice with a focus on Fragment II: Restoration of J. M. W. Turner’s "Port Ruysdael," Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut from Silent General, 2018. This photograph was taken during a visit to the shared conservation studio at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University West Campus, where it was being restored in 2017.
Lê was educated at Stanford and Yale universities. She is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2012), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009), and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1997), among other awards. She has had major solo exhibitions at museums worldwide, including the Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium (2014); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006); and MoMA P.S.1, New York (2002). A major survey of her work, On Contested Terrain, organized by the Carnegie Museum of Art, is currently traveling across the US.
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