An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain

By Dan Leers
Texts by David Finkel and Lisa Sutcliffe Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen and An-My Lê Co-published by Aperture and the Carnegie Museum of Art

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9 ¼ x 10 ½ in. (23.5 x 26.6 cm) 204 pages, 128 four-color and black-and-white images 978-1-59711-481-3 May 2020
On Contested Terrain, published on the occasion of the first comprehensive exhibition of An-My Lê’s work, includes selections from her major series photographing former battlefields, spaces reserved for training or the reenactment of war, and the noncombatant role of active service members, as well as many new, never-before-seen images. Essays by curators Dan Leers and Lisa Sutcliffe, as well as an interview between Lê and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, address how Lê’s work complicates the landscapes of conflict that have long informed American identity.

An-My Lê’s (born in Saigon, South Vietnam, 1960) work has been exhibited at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Lê has received many awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation. She is a professor in the Department of Photography at Bard College.

Dan Leers is a curator of photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and organized the traveling exhibition An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain.

David Finkel is a journalist and author whose honors include a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is author of The Sympathizer (2015), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other awards.

Lisa Sutcliffe is the Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum.