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The War is Over, War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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The War is Over, War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

21st Century
12 1/2 in. x 14 1/2 in. (31.75 cm x 36.83 cm)

Binh Danh, Asian American, b. 1977

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Daguerreotype cased in resin
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 2010.33.3
Danh captures the aftermath of the American-Vietnam War through daguerreotypes, one of the oldest forms of photography dating back to the 19th century. The daguerreotype is a process in which an image is formed on a metal plate through the exposure to light, and can easily be wiped away if not encased in glass. The beauty of the daguerreotype, both aesthetically and metaphorically, speaks to the fragility of history and memory.

In this series, Danh brings our attention to a wide array of subjects, including the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, collections of unexploded ordnances in both Viet Nam and Laos, and the site of the My Lai Massacre, all of which illustrate the everlasting effects of the war in the present landscape.

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Mirror Dimensions: 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (28.58 cm x 20.96 cm)
  • Frame Dimensions: 14 in. x 16 in. x 1 1/2 in. (35.56 cm x 40.64 cm x 3.81 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (31.75 x 36.83 cm)

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