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Việt Lê Artist Talks, Waseda University, Tokyo, July 2-7, 2019



Smithsonian American Art Museum: Returns, Refugees, and Refusal: Art, War Memory,

and the Politics of Representation with Viêt Lê, May 23, 2019, 6-7pm



White Gaze on several "Top 10 of 2018" lists (photo poetry book collab w/ Michelle Dizon)

"Readers of 1000 Words will recall the recent magazine feature on this gem of a photo book from collaborative duo Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê,

which deserves much wider recognition in light of its poetry, playfulness, acuity and, most crucially, decolonising strategies. Intellectually energetic, 

White Gaze repurposes imagery from National Geographic to confront notions of white privilege and Western-centrism by reworking and negating image and text

from the publication’s original pages. Countless uncomfortable truths hidden at the bottom of every lie, every act of denial or white complicity,

come to bear through the interplay of the two languages, critiquing how meaning is constructed to administer imperialist narratives and racist histories."

---1000 Words Editor in Chief Tim Clark



Đinh Q. Lê in Conversation with Việt Lê | March 20, 7p



Michelle Dizon & Việt Lê: White Gaze essay by Daniel Blight in 1000 Words Magazine

Excerpt: "Whiteness, which in this instance takes the form of monstrously bearing witness to from a position of safety, is reflected in a system of class dominance

maintained by a violent, colonial prison state more commonly referred to as the USA. Cameras and guns conflate to form a single technological and militaristic

entity that protects the hegemony of white power at all costs. Whiteness – which desires to track violence outside itself – is ignorant to the fact that the real source

of violence lies within its own house. Whiteness, it might be said, is the root, the provenance and the source of social barbarity from its invention in the early 17th century

to its present-day murrain. As Richard Seymour notes in his essay on Salvage, ‘whiteness is a plague.’" Read more."


Manifesto: A Modest Proposal group exhibition

Việt Lê| commissioned artist

Pitzer College Art Gallery, January-March 2018





The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Pitzer College Art Galleries an Art Works grant to present the exhibition A Moderate Proposal, co-curated by Pitzer College Art Galleries Director/Curator Ciara Ennis and artist Jennifer Vanderpool.

A Moderate Proposal explores the forms and effectiveness of manifestos in the twenty0-first century. . . Generated before and during the exhibition, these manifestos will tackle current sociopolitical and cultural predicaments while suggesting alternatives ideas for social change.



Visual Anthropology special issue:

Southeast Asian Visual Cultures

coedited with Prof. Lan Duong (critical and creative work)



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Lê Việt and Lan Duong, eds. Myriad Modernities: Southeast Asian Visual Cultures special issue of Visual Anthropology Journal. Forthcoming winter 2018.

Articles by Janet Hoskins, Patrick Flores, Panivong Norindr, Nguyễn Tân Hoàng, Dredge Kang, Lousia Schein and Bee Vang. Artwork by Anida Yoeu Ali, Lang Ea, Sokuntevy Oeur, Đỉnh Q. Lê.


White Gaze art book launch

collaborative project with Michelle Dizon and Faith Wilding

(poetry, images, performance)

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February 2018 (Sming Sming Books & Objects Press)

Decolonial Strategies panel & double book launch: listen to Anu Vikram, Michelle Dizon & Việt Lê in conversation here.



eclipse on Comcast/ Xfinity

11 Asian & Asian Am LGBTQ films curated by CAAMFest

Do Not Think for a Moment (Adria Su & Vivian Wang); eclipse (Việt Lê & Jamie Maxtone-Graham); It Runs in the Family (Jo Pipes); The Right Bank (Yvonne Li); 
Hsuyako (Hikari Mitsuyo Miyazaki); Two-Sided Ride (Jason Karman); Out Run (S. Leo Chiang & Johnny Symons); Adrift in Sunset (Narissa Lee); GF*BF (Ya-che Yang); King and the Clown (Lee Joon-ik); Two Weddings and a Funeral (Kim Jhoo Gwangsoo). 

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art featured artist

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artnet review "How the New Queer Asian American Art Criticism is Shifting the Way We See Art History" by Terence Trouillot

Edited by Jan Bernabe and Laura Kina. Contributors: Mariam B. Lam, Eun Jung Park, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Valerie Soe, and Harrod J Suarez. Featured artists: Anida Yoeu Ali, Kim Anno, Eliza Barrios, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Wafaa Bilal, Hasan Elahi, Greyson Hong, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Lin + Lam, Việt Lê, Maya Mackrandilal, Zavé Martohardjono, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Tina Takemoto, Kenneth Tam, and Saya Woolfalk.

(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War special journal issue coeditor

Asian American Literary Review



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full curatorial essay + artist portfolio preview link

guest editors Cathy J. Schlund-Vials & Sylvia Shin Huey Chong

curatorial pods by Mariam Beevi Lam, Việt Lệ, Chuong-Dai Vo


Jerome Foundation panelist

Camargo residency France


for detailed 2004-15 listings, please see CV

Revisiting Transpop Korea Việt Nam Remix

Yong Soon Min & Việt Lê

part of the Homescapes/ Warscapes 25/30 Series celebrating the 25th anniversary of UCI Asian American Studies Department and 30th Anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive

transPOP poster

December 2, 2016 11am - 1:00pm
Humanities Gateway 1030, University of California, Irvine

A traveling exhibition and project, transPOP brought together 16 critically-acclaimed artists from Korea, Vietnam, and the U.S. whose artwork focuses on the interconnections between these nations with their militarized and popular cultural roots/routes as well as their shared histories of the Cold War. The show itself was in residence at UCI’s University Art Gallery in the Fall 2008 quarter. This conversation, moderated by Christine Bacareza Balance (Asian American Studies,UCI), will reflect on the impact of that particular project as well as Le and Min’s career trajectories—as artists, writers, and curators—since that time.

APAture Festival Film Showcase

Featured Artist Việt Lê




Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2-5pm

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street, SF

Love in the Time of War 


Việt Lê: lovebang! solo exhibition +world premiere of heARTbreak! vid

Opening Reception: February 27, 4-7pm
Artists' Talks: February 27, 4:45pm
Performances by TinTin V.
Intermittent from 5:45-7pm during opening reception
Artists' Symposium: Feb. 25, 2016, 1-3p, Bronco Student Center



Việt's solo show graphic

Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina & Việt Lê

W. Keith and Janet Kellog University Art Gallery, California State University Pomona, February 27-Apri 23, 2016

Camargo Foundation

art residency Cassis, France

eclipse@ CAAMFest Việt's solo show graphic

Alamo Drafthouse March 12, 2016 9:20 pm  Buy Tickets


New Parkway Theater March 19, 2016 5:20 pm  Buy Tickets

Asian American Literary review special issue curator's notes EVERYTHING MUST GO

Feb 27 - May 30

Circus of Books

4001 Sunset Blvd, Silverlake • 8230 Santa Monica Blvd, W. Hollywood

An Exhibition, Sale, & Celebration of Circus of Books

Since the early 1960s Circus of Books has been a veritable institution, and for over 30 years the stores in West Hollywood and Silverlake have been LA’s prime retailer of independent zines, smutty magazines and adult novelty and smoke accessories, as well as a place to cruise and buy whatever obscure product you might crave at 1 am.

But now the internet has brought changes that have impacted many business and particularly adult bookstores. Before the Silverlake location shutters its doors in the coming months, an exhibition is being mounted to celebrate this last great holdout of grit and counterculture.

Billy Miller, curator and publisher of the long-running Straight to Hell chapbook series, together with the owner’s daughter, artist Rachel Mason, are organizing an in-store art exhibition and a series of related events at the Silverlake store in the coming months which will showcase the work of a growing roster of international artists/musicians/designers/performers:

FEATURING: Anonymoose| Luke Abby| Darren Ankenbauer | Michael Alago| D-L Alvarez | Peter Berlin | Michael Bilsborough | Seth Bogart | Chris Bogia | Bruce LaBruce | Paul Brainard |Kathe Burkhart | Matthew Burcaw | Patrick Burton | Joe Bruns | Delia Brown | Walt Cessna | Mavado | Charon | Christopher Clary | Wayne Coe | John Criscitello | Vaginal Davis | Lenae Day | Pia Dehne | Jen Denike | Thomas Dozol | Michael Economy | Peter Eide | Krista Figacz | Danny Fields | Ryan Foerster | Rupert Goldsworthy |Dynasty Handbag | Erik Hanson | Thomas Engel Hart | Tina Hejtmanek | Dan Herschlein | Julian Hoeber | Charles Hovland | David Hurles | Johnny Ray Huston | Travis Jeppesen | Dennis Kane | Pat Keesey | Wayne Koestenbaum | Aaron Krach | Naruki Kukita | Việt Lê | Chris Lee | Patrick Lee | Ed Luce | Noah Lyon | Yeni Mao | Darrin Martin | Arturo Meza | Rumi Missabu| Slava Mogutin | Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens | Jay Stuckey | A.L. Steiner | STH Editions | Jennifer Sullivan | Goran Tomcic | Tam Van Tran | S. Kay Young | Chris E. Vargas | Anthony Viti | Virgil Vogel | Jan Wandrag | John Sissydude Webster | David West | Joel Westendorf | William Wood | Susan Willmarth | Jimmy Wright | Geo Wyeth | Paul Zone


Imaginary Selves exhibition

curated by Jennifer Vanderpool University of LaVerne


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Việt's interview

February 2-March 10, 2016

tan nÁRT cõi lòng | heARTbreak! solo exhibition

Việt speaking at Prudential Eye awards ceremony

Nhà Sàn Collective, Hà Nội December 26, 2015-January 3, 2016

Art Matters grantee New York, NY

2015 Prudential Eye Prize

inaugural Best Writing on Asian Contemporary Art award

Việt speaking at Prudential Eye awards ceremony

awards ceremony, Art & Science Museum, Singapore

The Fight for Home

OUTsider FEST, Austin, Texas

FEATURING WORK BY (listed in program order):

Erin O'Brien
Black Glitter Collective/Daddie’s Plastik (Per SiaSan ChaTyler Holmes, and Vain Hein)
Kevin Simmonds
Gein Wong
Wu Tsang/Adelina Anthony/Melissa Haizlip
Cathy de la Cruz
Lares Feliciano
Celeste Chan
KB Tuffy Boyce and MOON RAY RA
Cosmo M Soltani
Việt Lê



Fierce drag queens battle the Google/Twitter/Yahoo tech buses of San Francisco. Black and Asian communities come together in the struggle for racial justice in the aftermath of the LA Riots, Rodney King’s beating, and Tian Sheng Yu’s death. A Two-spirit artist journeys in gender to find home within the self. Black Lives Matter from now to infinity with Afrofuturism. Home is displacement, a transtastic Hà Nội music video/ visual poem on the 40th anniversary of the Việt Nam War. For a Chican@ transgender teen in LA, what is home but a haunting? In Vietnamese, the word “nước” means water, country, nation, and homeland. To ask “nước nào?” is to ask, “Where is your country? Where is your home?”

Presented in partnership with:
Queer Rebels & Cine Las Americas

February 18, 630p, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin Texas

Asian Studies in Africa conference

ICAS logo

Accra, Ghana Sep 24-26, 2015

International Southeast Asian Film Festival (I-SEA)

Festival Co-Director

International Southeast Asian film fest logo

New People Theater, San Francisco, November 20-22, 2015




Queer Rebels Fest!

eclipse video screened

Queer Rebels Fest 2015 splash page

African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco

May 29-30, 2015

vestige solo exhibition

Artistic Interventions logo

H Gallery, Bangkok

December 18, 2014- January 7, 2015


eclipse world premiere

Armed With a Camera Fellowship

LA Pacific Film Festival screenings

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

Artistic Interventions conference coorganizer (PhD workshops + symposium), Hong Kong


Outtakes screenings

San Francisco & Hà Nội

Glitter Bomb

co-curator, group exhibition


artwork Glitterbomb

SOMARTS, San Francisco July 4-27, 2015


invited Visiting Artist-Scholar

Rio Gay Film Festival Official Selection


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 3-13, 2014

Entzaubert Queer Film FestivalOfficial Selection

Berlin, Germany

program booklet PDF July 2-4, 2014

American Quarterly article published

June 2014

invited Visiting Artist-Scholar
Affiliated Research Fellow

Leiden University,the Netherlands

July 2013-2014

Decenter|  An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show

curated by Andrianna Campbell & Daniel S. Palmer

online project

offerings/ offrandes

online project, curated by France Trépanier

Refuge, Refuse & Refusal

invited artist talk

April 22, 430-530p + reception

University of San Francisco McLaren 251

Art + Activism in Asia/ America: Presentations + Conversation & Celebration

April 18: panel 630-730p | celebration 730-9p;DJ, no host bar

Grand Hyatt SF, 36th Floor, Bayview

Free & Open to the Public

Presentations & Conversation featuring

Lan Duong, Philip Kan Gotanda, Glen Helfand & Masahiro Sugano

panel and celebration of 35 years of the Association for Asian American Studies national conference | moderated & organized by Việt LêViệt Lê

First International Conference on Contemporary Vietnamese Literature, Art & Film

presenter, "Diasporas, Desires & Divides" 

Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art International Conference



special guest artist, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

press: Bangkok Post | Art Radar Asia

February 14-April 5, 2014

Artists: Dennis Balk . Patrick Cruz . Jon Cuyson . Tada Hengsapkul . Amornthep Jaidee . Robert Langenegger . Dave Lock . Lui Medina . Jet Melencio . Piyarat Piyapongwiwat . Nigel Power . Julius Redillas . Michael Shaowanasai . Maitree Siriboon . Jakkai Siributr . Henry Tan . Jason Tecson . Joseph Tecson . TRASHER BANGKOK . Trek Valdizno . . Costantino Zicarelli.

Special Guests: Việt Lê, Richard Hawkins, Ho Tam

Queer Archives Project

Việt Lê with Khoi Nguyen

project launch, The Reading Room, Bangkok, April 2014 av

possession (II) Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University, UK, March

artists: Andrew Bracey, Chan Dany, Michael Day, Doug Fishbone, Lesley Guy, Steve Hawley, Maud Haya- April 2014 av, Michael Lee, Olivia Notaro, Manuel Ocampo, Julia Schwadron, Chris Shaw-Hughes, Andrew Spackman

curated by Brian Curtin & Steve Dutton

Drop a Pin, Highlight Program

Asian Contemporary Art Week

Sept. 21, 11am-4pm, Wattis Institute, San Francisco

12:40pm James T. Hong presentation with Việt Lê responding

Inter-Asian Connections IV: Instanbul

Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary Workshop

Koç University, Turkey. Coincides with the Istanbul Biennale

Alice Ming-Wai Jim and Henry Tsang, co-directors

May 29-30, 3013

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Fest

sexperimental art music video Love Bang! featured

Albuquerque, NM October 11-20, 2013

Queer Rebels Program

MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival

sexperimental art music video Love Bang! featured

New York, NY November 2013

The Summer Institute in Asian American Studies | Invited Speaker and Participant

Institute of European & American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

August 1-4, 2013

Sex. Money. Race. Gender: The Ladydrawers (of Chicago Ill) Exhibition & Workshop series

workshop with Việt Lê & Morgan Claire, Residency Workshop Series July 25th

A+D Gallery, Chicago

June 27-July 27, 2013

Transtastic! program

Frameline 37 LGBT Film Festival June 24, 7pm, Victoria Theater

sexperimental art music video Love Bang! featured

CA LGBT Arts Alliance & One City One Pride

Queer API Artists Present!

D'Lo, SKIM, Việt Lê

Wed., June 12, 7-9p | Council Chambers, West Hollywood Library 625 N. San Vincente Blvd, CA 90069

panel moderated by Alice B. Hom | West Hollywood Queer Arts Festival

Queer Convergence, CAAM Film Festival, San Francisco

curated by Munira Lokhandwala and Vu T. Thu Ha

March 2013

Me Love You Long Time, Boston Center for the Arts

curated by Edwin Ramoran

February 15-April 7, 2013

Possession I: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Visual Art

Bangkok Art & Cultural Center, curated by Brian Curtin & Steve Dutton

March 14-May 5, 2013 | flyer

“Bound.” Reading and Performance (Danny Thanh Nguyển performance collaborator)

Vietnamese Global Film Festival Gala, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco.

April 26, 2013

"Memories & Modernities." Artist Talk. Gender & Women’s Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago. April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013

“Come On! The Politics of Contemporary Visual Art in Việt Nam, Cambodia and Việt Nam.” Invited Speaker

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Los Angeles

February 28, 2013

Chains of Love/ Ties that Bind: The Shadows of Empirecurator (traveling video program)

Oceanside Museum of Art, CA, USA

University of the Philippines

Green Papaya Projects, Philippines

Hà Nội Doclab, Goethe Institut, Hà Nội, Việt Nam

Artist in Wonderland

2012 Kuandu Biennale co-curator

10 Solo Shows by 10 Artists

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

10 invited international curators present 10 artists from across the Asia Pacific region (Korea, Taiwan,Việt Nam, China, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan). Catalogue and forum. November 29-December 12, 2012

“Rumination on Ruins.” Invited Screening and Artist Talk

Hà Nội Doclab, Goethe Institut,

Hà Nội, Việt Nam

December 5, 2012

“Tell Me How All This, and Love Too, Will Ruin Us.” Invited Screening and Artist Talk

University of the Philippines Diliman Film Institute, Quezon, Philippines

November 27, 2012

“Chains of Love.” Invited Screening and Artist Talk

Green Papaya Projects, Quezon, Philippines

November 29 & 30, 2012

Radiation: Queer Art & Ideas from Bangkok and Manila, Uncompared

DAGC Gallery, Makati, Philippines curated by Brian Curtin

Specially Invited Artists: Richard Hawkins and Jayd Ramos/Việt Lê

“Contemporary Art in Cambodia and Việt Nam.” Invited Seminar Lecture Royal University of Phnom Penh

November 24, 2012 | poster

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Workshop

Re-envisioning AmericanArt History: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching

A/P/A Institute at New York University

July 9-28, 2012

Against Easy Listening

curated by Steven Lam, 1aspace, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Nov.19, 2010-Jan. 20, 2011

Invited Talk, Shanghai Biennale

Shanghai, China. In conjunction with invited Long March Space Beijing Education Residency

December 8-18, 2010

“Transnationalism in Translation (A Tracing): Nguyễn Nhu Huy and Việt Lê in Conversation.”

Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. English with Chinese translation. Pp. 52-64.

Vietnam Update 2009: Migration Nation conference |  presenter | The Australian National University, Canberra, AU

November 19-20, 2009

The Pandemic ShowOvertones Gallery

12703 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, 90066 November 14-December 19, 2009

Center for Khmer Studies Research Fellow
The Longest Day of Summer.One Lucky Day| S1F Gallery, Los Angeles| May 2, 2009
Civitella Ranieri Artist-In-Residence June-July 2009, Umbertide, Italy. link to new worksview Civitella Foundation site
Art featured

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud. Identity, Society and Survival: Introduction to Vietnamese American Literature. Temple University Press, 2009 (forthcoming)

Association of Asian American Studies conference | panelist | Honolulu, Hawai'i

April 22-26, 2009. view link

ASEAN Commemorative Summit | invited speaker|ASEAN-KOREA Dialogue Relationship. Jeju-do, Republic of Korea, June 2, 2009
UCLA Hammer Museum symposium

invited speaker | March 14, ‘09, 9a-1p | 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024. view description

transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix symposium | panelist & co-organizer | February 14, ‘09, 9a-5p. view link; schedule; abstracts and bios
transPOP @ YBCA Curators Tour

January 31, ‘09, 2p | 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. view link

FOB II: Art Speaks

January 9-18, ‘09 | 1600 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. view link

transPOP opening, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Courting Risk workshops (4-6p) & reading (8-10p)|reading & workshop leader| November 13, 2008 Macaulay Honors College, New York City, NY

view Courting Risk site

transPOP opening | co-curator| University of California, Irvine, University Art Gallery | October 2, ‘08, 6-8p. gallery views; statement & programs