Dinh Q. Lê, Empire (2017). Digital print on Awagami bamboo paper mounted on dibond, laser cut acrylic and Saunders paper sculptures. 1,000 × 150 cm. Exhibition view: Monuments and Memorials, STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore (17 March – 12 May 2018). Courtesy the artist and STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore. Photo: Toni Cuhadi.
In his solo exhibition at Singapore's STPI—Creative Workshop & Gallery, titled Monuments and Memorials, multidisciplinary artist Dinh Q. Lê pursued the cultural and political trajectories of Cambodia through distinct moments in its history, interweaving lovely imagery of stone friezes from the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex with stark photographs of victims taken at S-21, a notorious prison run by the Khmer Rouge during its genocidal regime. Pondering this rift between the magnificent and the monstrous, Lê investigated the notion of monuments and memorials as two extremes of humanity—one glorifies the victors, the other the victims—and how they ordain not just what, but how, we remember.