The Imagined, the Longed-for, the Conquered and the Sublime
The video is a collection of 'pure images' of landscape, redeeming these images for what they are. Taken, but unaltered, in the order they appear, from the films Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill, 84 Charlie Mopic, Apocalypse Now, and the Deer Hunter, the abridged mini-versions of these 'epics' proclaim a beauty all their own. Not quite Vietnam -- possibilities include the Philippines, Los Angeles, Northern California -- each depiction provides taxonomical clues to the history that will ultimately outlive those who experienced this technological and historical rupture firsthand.
"This piece evolved out of a book project listing DJ playlists from Hollywood Vietnam War films. The landscapes of Northern California, the Philippines, etc. are used in different ways to create fictive spaces that represent danger, comfort, mystery, or something to destroy or traverse. "
- Sally Berger, Museum of Modern Art
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TWN acknowledges that in New York we are on the unceded territory of the Lenni Lenape,
Canarsie, Shinecock, and Munsee peoples and challenges the harm that continues to
be inflicted upon Indigenous and People of Color communities here and abroad,
which is why we all need to be part of the struggle for rights, equality and justice.
TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council
on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Color Congress, MOSAIC, New York Community Trust, Peace Development Fund,
Humanities NY, Ford Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and individual donors.