An-My Le: Small Wars is on display
November 29, 2008 through March 1, 2009.
Two documentary photographic series by An-My Le explore the military conflicts that have framed the last half-century of American history: the war in Vietnam and the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Le photographs places where war is psychologically anticipated, processed and relived instead of creating reportage images of actual wartime events. Her series "Small Wars" depicts men who spend their weekends reenacting battles from the Vietnam War in the forests of Virginia. Le’s current series, "29 Palms," documents activities at a California military base of the same name, where soldiers train in the desert before being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. These dramatizations of war—one a reenactment, one a rehearsal—allow Le to create a unique kind of war imagery—one that is unexpected, removed, and revelatory. Funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Lannan Foundation. The exhibitions, presentations, and related programs of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, are sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts council, a state agency; The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation; The Henrietta Lange Burk Fund; The Palmer Foundation; the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs/After School Matters; American Airlines, the official airlines of the MoCP and our members.