96 pages, hardcover,
In June, 2005, while traveling in Vietnam, artist Harrell Fletcher visited The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Deeply affected by the exhibit, Fletcher returned to photograph all of the images and text descriptions from the main museum with the intention of re-presenting the exhibition in the United States. Fletchers exhibition The American War went on tour, stopping at various U.S. venues including the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. and White Columns in New York City. With this collection of images, Fletcher encourages his audience to reconsider opinions of the war in Vietnam and other American wars that have occurred since.
"In a nearly invisible way, it raises a general
question about looking at photographs: about what it means to see something
from someone else's point of view (Mr. Fletcher's camera angle being the
operative metaphor), and also about how strangely, even alarmingly compelling
war pictures can be."
Many thanks to the following individuals and
Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas
The Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T.
Solvent Space, a project of the Virginia
White Columns, New York City