Battle reenactment scene filled with smoke, with crowd of soldiers in a trench and a film crew in the foreground of the trenches filming them.

An-My Lê, Film Set, “Free State of Jones,” Battle of Corinth, Bush Louisiana, 2015, from the series Silent General, 2017, inkjet print. Courtesy the artist and STXfilms. © An-My Lê

An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain

Heinz Galleries

An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first comprehensive survey of the politically charged work of photographer An-My Lê (American, born Vietnam, 1960). Featuring nearly 125 photographs, this exhibition finds connections across Lê’s career and provides insight into her evocative images that draw on a landscape tradition to address the complexity of war.

This expansive exhibition explores the intricacies of armed combat through the work of a photographer who lived through the Vietnam War. Through Lê’s lens, viewers are exposed to military training, maneuvers, and reenactments, and are invited to question their own relationship to, and complicity in, conflict.

An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain also presents new photographs from Lê’s ongoing series Silent General. These previously unexhibited works grapple with the legacy of America’s Civil War and connect to the complexities of our current socio-political moment. Taking inspiration from Walt Whitman’s autobiographical Specimen Days, the photographs probe the ways in which past conflicts influence and shape the present landscape.

While Lê is represented in many major museum collections, An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first ever survey of her work in an American museum. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue featuring many never-before-published images.

An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is organized by Dan Leers, curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art.


Support

Major support for this exhibition is provided by Lannan Foundation, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, and The Martin G. McGuinn Art Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art.