• P·P·O·W is pleased to present an online viewing room of photo-weavings and films by Dinh Q. Lê. Working in photography, film, and installation, Lê presents little-known narratives of war and migration from the perspective of Vietnam, America, and the global Vietnamese diaspora. Synthesizing his own memory and perception with popular depictions in entertainment and journalism from Western and Eastern cultures, Lê’s singular voice has reframed global histories of Southern Vietnam, challenging censorship, exploitation, and propaganda from all sides. Lê is best known for his large-scale photographic weavings that attained international acclaim since his first exhibitions in the early 1990s. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2010 and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2015, among others. He has contributed to the 50th Venice Biennale in Delays and Revolutions in 2003 and dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, as well as many other group exhibitions, nationally and internationally.

     

    Lê’s renowned series Vietnam to Hollywood, 2000-2003, combines stills from well-known Hollywood films about the Vietnam War with found images of unidentified Vietnamese people from that time. As Lê is a Vietnamese refugee who came of age and was educated in America, and has since returned to Vietnam, these works channel the artist’s unique perspective on the wide-ranging consequences of war and its evolving ideological frameworks within adversarial cultures. The resulting photo-weavings possess a dense visual energy that, according to Art Historian Lucy Lippard, “weaves multiple strands of identity and experience, history and memory, mythology and reality, conflict and resolution. In a uniquely disciplined collage form, he illuminates the complex interactions of his two homelands—Vietnam and the United States. Apparent contradictions are transformed into visual ebb and flow, cultural give and take.” A subsequent series of photo-weavings, The Hill of Poisonous Trees, 2008, focuses on Security Prison 21 (S‐21), a high school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which the Khmer Rouge regime crudely repurposed as a prison and that now stands as The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Lê’s weavings fuse architectural images of S‐21, Buddha portraits from the Temple of Siem Riep, and portraits of the prisoners who were brutally tortured and executed during the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.

     

    P·P·O·W will also present From Father to Son: A Rite of Passage, a two-channel video installation that re-edits two iconic Hollywood movies about the Vietnam War, Platoon and Apocalypse Now. Blurring fact and fiction, this video installation depicts Charlie Sheen’s character witnessing his father, Martin Sheen’s character, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The younger Sheen in turn enlists in the same war and becomes the same person as his father, perpetuating inherited cycles of violence and trauma. Exposing enduring myths in the collective American psyche, this powerful work links ongoing American aggressions in the name of democracy to intergenerational family histories of duty.

     


     

  • Dinh Q. Lê Untitled from Vietnam to Hollywood (paratroopers), 2005 c-print and linen tape 38 x 72 ins. 96.52 x...

    Dinh Q. Lê

    Untitled from Vietnam to Hollywood (paratroopers), 2005

    c-print and linen tape

    38 x 72 ins.

    96.52 x 182.88 cm

    $75,000

  • Dinh Q. Lê Untitled from Vietnam to Hollywood (floating figure), 2004 c-print and linen tape 38 x 72 ins. 96.52...

    Dinh Q. Lê

    Untitled from Vietnam to Hollywood (floating figure), 2004

    c-print and linen tape

    38 x 72 ins.

    96.52 x 182.88 cm

    $75,000

  • Dinh Q. Lê Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees series, 2008 c-print and linen tape 47 1/4 x 78...

    Dinh Q. Lê

    Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees series, 2008

    c-print and linen tape

    47 1/4 x 78 3/4 ins.

    120.2 x 200.3 cm

    Reserved

  • Dinh Q. Lê Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees series, 2008 c-print and linen tape 71 x 47 1/4...

    Dinh Q. Lê

    Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees series, 2008

    c-print and linen tape

    71 x 47 1/4 ins.

    180.34 x 120.2 cm

    $70,000

  • Dinh Q. Lê Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees series, 2008 c-print and linen tape 47 1/4 x 78...

    Dinh Q. Lê

    Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees series, 2008

    c-print and linen tape

    47 1/4 x 78 3/4 ins.

    120.2 x 200.3 cm

    $70,000

  • Dinh Q. Lê The Characters, 2002 c-print and linen tape 33 x 67 1/2 ins. 83.8 x 171.4 cm $75,000

    Dinh Q. Lê

    The Characters, 2002

    c-print and linen tape

    33 x 67 1/2 ins.

    83.8 x 171.4 cm

    $75,000

  • Dinh Q. Lê Untitled #4, 1998 c-print and linen tape 29 x 87 ins. 73.7 x 221 cm $70,000

    Dinh Q. Lê

    Untitled #4, 1998

    c-print and linen tape

    29 x 87 ins.

    73.7 x 221 cm

    $70,000

  • Dinh Q. Lê

    From Father to Son: A Rite of Passage, 2007

    two channel/single channel video

    10 minutes


    $30,000