Việt Lê

Việt Lê, photo: Nguyễn Quốc Thành, Sài Gòn

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. Lê is an Assistant Professor in Visual Studies/ Visual & Critical Studies at California College of the Arts. He has been published in positions: asia critiqueCrab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal;and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume RiverModern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; among others.

Recent solo exhibitions include lovebang! (Kellogg University Art Gallery, Los Angeles 2016), vestige (H Gallery Bangkok 2015), tan nÁRT cõi lòng | heARTbreak!  (Nhà Sàn Collective Hà Nội).  Lê has presented his work at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Japan Foundation, Việt Nam; 1a Space, Hong Kong; Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand; Shanghai Biennale, China; Rio Gay Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; among other venues.

Lê has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (Việt Nam), William Joiner CenterCivitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy)Fine Arts Work Center(USA), Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), Art Matters FoundationInternational Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden University, the Netherlands), Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France), and PEN Center USA.

Lê curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways, Santa Monica, 2005) and Charlie Don’t Surf!(Centre A, Vancouver, BC, 2005); and co-curated humor us (with Leta Ming and Yong Soon Min; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA, 2008), transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix (with Yong Soon Min; Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San Francisco, 2008-09), the 2012 Taipei Kuandu Biennale and Love in the Time of War (UC Santa Barbara and SF Camerawork). Lê’s projects have been featured in Newsweek Asia; The Korea Herald, The Toronto Star, Huffington Post, China Daily, Orange County Register, Bangkok Post, and The Cambodia Daily.

Lê has co-edited special issues of Asian American Literary Review ([Re]Collecting Vietnam, 2015), BOL Journal (Việt Nam and Us, 2008) and Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy (Syracuse University Press, 2008). He has also co-edited with Professor Lan Duong a special issue of Visual Anthropology (Routledge, forthcoming winter 2018). He is a reviews co-editor (with Prof. Laura Kina) of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill). He coorganized the 2015Artistic Interventions confererence (Ph.D. workshops and symposium) in Hong Kong. He received the inaugural Prudential Eye Prize for Best Writing on Asian Contemporary Art (2015).

Lê received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (Department of American Studies & Ethnicity). In Taipei, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica. His writing has been translated into Chinese, German, Khmer, and Vietnamese. The book mentioned in the interview is Lisa Lowe’s The Intimacy of Four Continents. The artists mentioned are Anida Yoeu Ali’s Red Chador project and Karen Finley and Bruce Yonemoto’s Far East of Eden.

eclipse installation view, 2016 dir. Việt Lê with Jamie Maxtone-Graham HD experimental film, duration: 6:16; mixed media Courtesy Kellogg University Art Gallery

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