SELECTED PRESS | REVIEWS | INTERVIEWS
"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. ---Tim Clark, Editor-in-Chief, 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 itsinvention in the early 17th century to its present-day murrain. As Richard Seymour notes in his essay on Salvage, ‘whiteness is a plague."
Wong, Diana. “My Secret Life” Episode 7 Sample Space podcast. Description: “From pursuing big Hollywood dreams to joining secret societies; this week, stories about the secret lives of our youth: revealing what trouble we got into, what crazy convictions we held, and what truths we convinced ourselves of when it came to identity, love, sex, and running away from home."
Whiting, Sam (2016). "Southeast Asian Artists Reflect on War that's Never in the Past,"San Francisco Chronicle. September 28, 2016.
Quick, Genevieve (2016). "Love in the Time of War at SF Camerawork," Temporary Art Review. September 16, 2016.
Glassey-Tranguyen, Trangdai (2015). "Articulating Refug-endity in VietnAmerica and the Diasporas1975-2015: From Ethnic Autonomy to Global Visibility," Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement: Vol. 10: Iss. 1, Article 5.
Chandra, Ravi. “Inside the Fantastical Mind of Việt Lê.” Center for Asian American Media (CAAMFest) interview. March 17, 2016.
Buchele, Fabiola. “In the Studio: Việt Lê.” & of Other Things. December 25, 2015.
"Radiation: Art and Queer Ideas from Bangkok and Manila." The Asia City Network: Bangkok. February 2014.
Lim, Eng-Beng. Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Tropics. New York: New York University Press, 2014. (pictures of you photographic series discussed, Chapter 3, p.161)
"Art of Queer Ideas." Bangkok Post. Life section. 3 December 2014. 2013
Sa-Gnuanpong, Supannee. “Intimately.” Photo ART: Contemporary & Fine Art Magazine. Thaiwith English translation. Bangkok, Thailand.
"Hanoi Prepares for Gay Festival." VietNam Net Bridge Newspaper. Arts-Entertainment section. 11 December 2013. Hanno.
"Afro-Asian Visions: Queer Rebels at MIX NYC." Catch Fire blog, Berlin. 29 October 2013.
Truong, Hong-An; Nayoung Aimee Kwon; and Guo-Juin Hong. "What/ Where is Decolonial Asia?" Social Text Journal. 5 July 2013.
Heymouth, George. "Together, Whever We Go." Huffington Post. 11 May 2013.
Cornet, Laurence. “War is for the Living: Art and Conflict.” Le Journal de la Photagraphie, March 15, 2013. English and French review. Paris, France.
Nguyen, Chi. "Transformation." Artist Seeking Relevance. 24 May 2013.
Mayer, Tom. "May Now Big Festival Month." CineSource Magazine. 6 May 2013.
Underhill, Julie Thi. "San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival Interview." diaCRITICS culture blog. 22 April 2013.
Glassy-Nguyễn, Trangdai. “Việt Hồ Lê: Một nghệ sĩ toàn cầu đa năng, đa dạng.” Sáng Tạo Arts Magazine. 14 April 2013. www.sangtao.org
Cotter, Holland. "War is For the Living." The New York Times, Art in Review section. 14 March 2013.
Scott Laderman, Edwin A. Martini, and Edwin A. Martini, editors. Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War.Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Pp 155-182.
Lâm, Mariam Beevi; Fiona Ngô; and Mimi Nguyễn, guest editors. Lê, Việt. “Pop Tarts.” boy bang! project featured with artist statement. positions: asia critique special issue. Volume 20, Issue 3, Winter 2012. Durham: Duke University Press.
"Love Bang! Sexperimental Video!" diaCRITICS culture blog. 12 October 2012.
Ericson, Katie. "'Projecting Identity' Inspires Thought." The Times Delphic. 12 November 2012.
"New Video Exhibition at Drake's Anderson Gallery." Drake University News. November 2012. "Việt Lê Lecture at UIC." Diasporic Asian Artist Network (DAAN), New York University. 1 April 2012. 2011
Linyong, Zhu. "Shanghai Biennale Takes A Global Perspective." China Daily, Life Kaladeiscope section. 29 June 2010.
"Long Marchers on the Road: Ho Chi Minh Trail Project." Long March Project. December 2010. Foster, Alice. “Boy Band Publicity Gets Serious in Java Exhibit.” The Cambodia Daily. 25
November 2010. National section, p. 25.
"Act 1: Long March Project: Ho Chi Minh Trail (Beijing)." Long March Project, Beijing. September/ December 2010. "Long March Project: Ho Chi Minh Trail." Asia Art Archive,Hong Kong. December 2010.
Ninh, Huong and Christopher Hearle. "Ho Down: Long March's Ho Chi Minh Trail Project." diaCRITICS culture blog. 7 November 2010.
第一幕 长征计划-胡志明小道（北京站） | 8th SHANGHAI BIENNALE “REHEARSAL" | Long March ProjectHo Chi Minh Trail (Beijing Act I) (exhibition text PDF, Chinese and English text), 4 September -14 November 2010.
Boulenger, Emilie. “Asian Pop Inspires Artist.” The Phnom Penh Post. 4 November 2010.
Front page, Lifestyle section, p. 21.
Sussex, Lucy. “The Perfume River: Writing from Vietnam.” The Age, Entertainment section. 26 April 2010.
Taylor, Nora. “The Art of Many Vietnams.” F.O.B. II: Art Speaks exhibition catalog, Lan Duong and Tram Le, eds. Westminster: VAALA, 2009, pp. 16-17.
An, Thanh. “Để Mý Thuật Đương Đại Việt Nam Phất Triên“
(Vietnamese Contemporary Art Develops)” Tuổi Trẻ Newspaper, Việt Nam, Culture Section, 28 September 2009.
Pelaud, Isabelle Thuy. self-portrait series featured. This is All I Choose to Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.
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Oh, Jean. “Mix it Up with Korean and Vietnamese Art.” The Korea Herald. 10 January 2008. Kim, Hyun-joo. “transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix Review.” Art in Asia. March-April 2008, Volume 4. Seoul: Art in Culture, pp. 107-109.
Lê, Việt. 2007. still photographic series featured. BN Magazine, November 2007 issue. 13 pages.
Bui, Diem-My T. "Aesthetic Strategies: Vietnamese American Interventions in Cultural Production" (book chapter discussing Miss Saigon with the Wind, curated by Việt Lê).
Cameron McCarthy, Aisha S. Durham, Laura C. Engel, Alice A. Filmer, editors, Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, and Policy (Intersections in Communication and Culture series). New York: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2007. Pp. 285-304.
Desauntis, Gerry. “Erotica.” Bay Windows. Arts Feature, 15 January 2004.
Wood, Ann. “Cutting Through the Lines of Defense.” Banner. 12 January 2014.
Vo, Linda, Ph.D. “Dimensions of Diaspora”(intro), xvi-vxii Amerasia Journal, Vol. 29 No.1 2003
Zur, Patricia. “A Field Report” LIP, Volume 2.30
Van der Wender, Andre. “Fellows at FAWC” Cape Cod Times. 1 November, 2003.
Wood, Ann. “Around” Provincetown Banner, Arts Section, 30 October, 2003.
Goddar, Paul. “A Twisted View of Big Brother” The Toronto Star, 20 June 2002.
Walsh, Daniella. “‘All Media’ Soothes the Soul.” The Orange County Register, 2 Jan. 2002.
de Holl, Nancy. “What People from Vietnam are Really Like.” The UCLA 2001 Wight
Hit the Pavement Gallery Guide (artwork featured for Advocate Gallery)
Souza, Gery. “Art Gallery” interview. State of the Arts, Fall 2000 issue. Artists Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month.” InformAsian, April issue. 10
Lim, Deborah. “Eros” interview for the Arts section. The Daily Titan, September 14, 1998 issue.