by Harrell Fletcher

96 pages, hardcover, 5.25"x 7.5"
Edition of 2000
ISBN: 978-0-9746908-5-8

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. Fletcher’s 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."
- Michael Kimmelman
Excerpt from a June 2006 article in The New York Times

Many thanks to the following individuals and
organizations for their support of this project:

Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas

The Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T.

Solvent Space, a project of the Virginia Commonwealth
University School of the Arts and the Department of Painting
and Printmaking, Richmond, VA

White Columns, New York City

Dave Cianciulli

Mark Sandelson

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