Projects 93: Dinh Q Le

When 30 Jun 2010 - 24 Jan 2011
Where Museum of Modern Art
11 W53rd St
New York 10019
United States
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Projects 93: Dinh Q Le

Dinh Q. Lê, Tran Quoc Hai, Le Van Danh, Phu-Nam Thuc Ha, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Still from The Farmers and The Helicopters. 2006. Courtesy of the artists, The Museum of Modern Art, and P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York.

Press Release:

Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnamese American, b. 1968) weaves together—both literally and figuratively—personal recollections with larger histories and mythologies often related to the Vietnam War, also known as the American War in Lê’s native country. For Projects 93, Lê presents The Farmers and The Helicopters (2006), an installation comprised of a three-channel video and a helicopter hand-built from scrap parts by Le Van Danh, a farmer, and Tran Quoc Hai, a self-taught mechanic. Lê’s video interlaces the personal recollections of the war by Vietnamese locals with clips from Western films. While many of the interviewees relayed childhood memories of the horrors associated with helicopters during the war, the helicopter-makers shared their vision of this machine as a means to simplify their life and bring strength to their community. Installed in adjacent galleries, the helicopter and the video projection offer a multilayered insight into the complex relationships between the Vietnamese individuals and the charged object of the helicopter.

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