'It’s eerie to see how some of the issues that unfolded when I started ‘Silent General’ are now back at the forefront in an even more urgent way. History doesn’t move through time in a straight line.'
An-My Lê’s expansive Silent General project (2015– ) documents a symbolically charged strand of recent history in the United States. The work was prompted by the June 2015 mass church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Concerned with extending reflection beyond the breaking-news cycle, Lê embarked upon an extended road trip to document the complexity of representing history.
Lê’s work is the subject of a wide ranging exhibition which runs at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh until 18 January 2021 and then tours to three further venues.
Press release courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery.