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"Trap Rock"An-My Lê

December 16, 2011

Commissioned by Dia:Beacon, artist An-My Lê makes photographs of the Trap Rock basalt quarry on the Hudson River with her large-format camera.

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Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Roger Phenix. Editor Mary Ann Toman. Artwork Courtesy: An-My Lê. Video: © 2011 Art21, Inc. All rights reserved.

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An-My Lê

An-My Lê’s photographs and films examine the impact, consequences, and representation of war. Whether in color or black-and-white, her pictures frame a tension between the natural landscape and its violent transformation into battlefields. Suspended between the formal traditions of documentary and staged photography, Lê’s work explores the disjunction between wars as historical events and the ubiquitous representation of war in contemporary entertainment, politics, and collective consciousness.

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“I think that the people who work in the quarry are attracted to it for the same reasons that the men who willingly join the military are attracted to it too. This fascination with the gear, with working with nature, and a certain excitement that takes you away from the desk, from the office job.”

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Artist An-My Lê discusses her childhood, and how her background has influenced her worldview and her work.

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Artist An-My Lê discusses her process of aestheticizing war, and the thinking behind her choice of black and white photography.