Nha San Collective - Artist talk: Art in Queer Times


​“Progress” and “Perversions”: 
Art in Queer Times 

Artist, writer and curator Việt Lê shares his projects and case studies of artists grappling with sexuality, censorship and (post-?) identity working in the interstices of Cambodia, United States, Taiwan and Việt Nam. He will also discuss “culture wars” then and now, including the controversial LGBT-themed Hide/Seek exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum. 


Viẹt Lê is an artist, writer and curator. He is an Assistant Professor at the California College of the Arts in Visual Studies Program. Lê has presented his work at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul, Korea; 1a Space, Hong Kong; Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand; Civitella Ranieri, Italy; Shanghai Biennale, China; Rio Gay Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; among other venues. He has been published in positions: asia critique; the anthologies Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; Writing from the Perfume River; among others. 

Lê curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways, Santa Monica, 2005) and Charlie Don’t Surf!(Centre A, Vancouver, BC, 2005); and co-curated humor us (with Leta Ming and Yong Soon Min; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA, 2008), transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix (with Yong Soon Min; Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San Francisco, 2008-09) and the 2012 Kuandu Biennale (Taipei). 
He received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. vietle.net