“I am not a war photographer,” said An-My Lê, who fled her native Vietnam as a refugee during those bleak years of war. “I find it much more interesting and much more slippery to work with a side-glance view.” What she means is that she uncovers what is often overlooked—the disconnect between public perceptions of war and a war’s realities. In powerful stills and videos, Lê depicts everyday existence in the military—training, maneuvers, and re-enactments. Her objective? To connect viewers to conflict, not alienate them from it. The battlefield isn’t as far away as we like to think. —E.C.
Carnegie Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Get Directions »