14. An-My Lê

A recent recipient of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship, Lê was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1960, and fled from the country with her family at the age of 15. Her photographs reveal the influence of the military on her own life while also examining the "impact, consequences and representation of war." Her 2003-2004 series 29 Palms continues in the same trajectory as her older series Viêt Nam and Small Wars, documenting U.S. Marines preparing for deployment in a "virtual Middle East in the California desert." Her work toggles between temporalities and localities—neither acting nor fighting, neither historical nor contemporaneous, but suspended somewhere in between.

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Above: 29 Palms: Night Operations, 2003—2004