An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain Limited-Edition Book & Print Set

$300.00

Photographs by An-My Lê. By (author) Dan Leers. Text by Lisa Sutcliffe and David Finkel. Interviewer Viet Thanh Nguyen. Interview...

Archival Pigment Print, accompanied by a signed copy of On Contested Terrain
Edition of 100
Print Title: Vaquero Guarding Cattle, El Mulato, Mexico, 2019
Paper Size: 8 x 10 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist

Description
Aperture is pleased to release this very special limited-edition print by An-My Lê, accompanied by a signed copy of the artist's survey, On Contested Terrain. All proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition set support the publication of this important and timely volume of work.

Taken for the series Silent General, this previously unpublished image is tranquil on the surface, yet in the context of the series, poetically alludes to the political polarization of the landscape along the border of Mexico and the United States. The series Silent General takes its title from Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days (1882), an autobiographical recounting of his time spent tending to wounded Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Whitman had great empathy for both sides, writing, “I staid to-night a long time by the bedside of a new patient, a young Baltimorean, aged about 19 years . . . As I was lingering, soothing him in his pain, he says to me suddenly, ‘I hardly think you know who I am—I don’t wish to impose upon you—I am a rebel soldier.’ I said I did not know that, but it made no difference. . . . In an adjoining ward I found his brother, an officer of rank, a Union soldier, a brave and religious man . . . It was in the same battle both were hit. One was a strong Unionist, the other Secesh; both fought on their respective sides, both badly wounded, and both brought together here after a separation of four years. Each died for his cause.” Lê made her first photographs for this series in New Orleans, when Confederate statues started coming down in 2015. Since then, she has gathered different, sometimes conflicting viewpoints on a twenty-first-century cross-country road trip.

Lê’s designation of “Fragments” within this series is an homage to the literary structure of Specimen Days and a poetic way of sequencing the pictures.
Details

Archival Pigment Print, accompanied by a signed copy of On Contested Terrain
Edition of 100
Print Title: Vaquero Guarding Cattle, El Mulato, Mexico, 2019
Paper Size: 8 x 10 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist

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