An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain



ISBN: 9781597114813 Category:

Copublished by Aperture and Carnegie Museum of Art


On Contested Terrain is published on the occasion of the first comprehensive exhibition of An-My Lê’s work, organized by the Carnegie Museum of Art. Throughout her career, Lê has photographed sites of former battlefields, spaces reserved for training for or reenacting war, and the noncombatant roles of active service members. She is part of a lineage of photographers who have adapted the conventions of landscape photography to address the human traces of history and conflict, but is one of the few who have experienced the sights and sounds associated with growing up in a warzone.

The publication includes selections from Viêt Nam (1994-98), a series made on Lê’s return, twenty years after her family was evacuated by the US military and 29 Palms (2003-4), made on the eponymous military base built as a training ground during the Iraq War. It will also include many new and never-before-published images. Texts by curators Dan Leers and Lisa Sutcliffe and 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.

Additional information

Weight 1000 g
Dimensions 24.1 x 27.5 cm
Publisher name Aperture Foundation
Publication date 19 August 2020
Number of pages 288
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Photographs by An-My Lê, Text by David Finkel and Lisa Sutcliffe
Dimensions 24.1 x 27.5 cm
Weight 1000 g

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 (1996), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1997), and MacArthur Foundation (2012). She is a professor in the Department of Photography at Bard College.

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

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.

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

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