Việt Lê, California College of the Arts (on leave 2020-2021)
Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. Lê is an Associate Professor in the Visual Studies Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. His book projects Return Engagements: The Traumas of Modernity and History in “Diasporic” Phnom Penh and Sài Gòn (Duke 2021) and White Gaze (with Michelle Dizon, second edition, Candor Arts 2019) both wrestle with aesthetic strategies and the afterlives of archives.
Lê has been published in positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; Amerasia Journal; Newsweek Asia; Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art anthology; among others. Lê’s work has been featured at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand; Civitella Ranieri, Italy; among other venues. Lê has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (Việt Nam), William Joiner Center, Fine Arts Work Center (USA), Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), International Institute of Asian Studies (Netherland), and PEN Center USA.
Lê curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways, Santa Monica) and Charlie Don’t Surf! (Centre A, Vancouver, BC); and co-curated humor us (Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA), transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix (Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San Francisco) and the 2012 Kuandu Biennale (Taipei). He has co-edited special issues of BOL Journal, Visual Anthropology and Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy. Lê received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and was as a postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei.