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An-My Lê was born and raised in Vietnam, until as a teenager, she became a political refugee in the United States. Her work explores how wars—particularly the Civil War, as well as the more recent wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan—have shaped American history. In her many photographic series, Lê visits places where war is psychologically and emotionally relived, or staged, including monuments commemorating military generals, U.S. military training exercises, or filming locations for war films. Her most recent series, The Silent General (2016), is inspired by Walt Whitman’s book, Specimen Days & Collect (1882), in which Whitman records impressions of people, places, and events during the Civil War era and its aftermath and is devoted to the Union general Ulysses S. Grant. Created in New Orleans, LA, Lê’s images picture the tranquil southern American landscape as witnesses of its bloody and embattled history.
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An-My Lê (Vietnamese, b. 1960) is a landscape photographer, currently working and residing in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art. She is a recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Tiffany Comfort Foundation, and many more.