Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Khánh H. Lê: Born Too Late / DCAC

Khánh H. Lê: Born Too Late
February 26 - April 4

Artists Talk: Sunday, April 4 at 3pm
Curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow
DC Arts Center 
2438 18th St. NW 
Washington, DC 20009

Twenty years after fleeing his native Vietnam, Khánh Lê is in ardent pursuit of his own legend. On a stubborn quest to decode the cultural patterns of the America he now inhabits and confront the mythologies which cling to the fast-changing land he left behind, Lê raids visual archives both familial and public. The result of the artist’s systematic scouring of this historical inventory? Arresting photogravure etchings that betray the mechanics of propaganda. Swarovski-studded tableaux that obscure so as to reveal. Ethnographic revelations fueled by an exile’s yearning to – somewhere – belong.

Born in 1981 in Mỹ Tho, Vietnam, Khánh Lê received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University in 2008 and is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Children’s Studio School. This show will mark the first exhibition of Lê’s prints and drawings in the Washington DC area.

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