An-My Lê On Contested Terrain

A black-and-white photograph of a group of young Asian men playing soccer in a dirt courtyard of a multi-story apartment building.
April 18–August 8, 2021
Second floor

An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first comprehensive survey of the work of Vietnamese-American photographer An-My Lê. Featuring photographs from a selection of the artist’s five major bodies of work, the nationally touring exhibition considers the celebrated photographer’s nearly 25-year career exploring the edges of war and recording these landscapes of conflict in beautiful, classically composed photographs.

Born in Saigon in the midst of the Vietnam War, Lê was evacuated with her family by the U.S. military. She has spent decades considering the complexity of American history and conflict, from war reenactments to the removal of Confederate monuments. This timely exhibition explores politically-charged topics through Lê’s subtle, evocative images that avoid the sensationalism often seen in newspapers and movies. Sweeping views that emphasize the size and breadth of the theater of war display the artist’s technical strengths in the classical landscape tradition, which she uses to compose beautiful images that draw the viewer into deeper consideration of complex themes of history and power.

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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 is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, co-published with Aperture, featuring many never-before-published images.

Installation Photos

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An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is organized by the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by Lannan Foundation and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by the Virginia Kaufman Fund, the Henry John Simonds Foundation, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Jennifer and Karl Salatka, and the Virginia S. Warner Foundation.

Generous support for the exhibition catalogue has been provided by Marian Goodman Gallery.

The Carter’s presentation of On Contested Terrain is generously supported by Lannan Foundation.