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Wellesley College to feature international artists in upcoming exhibition

Posted by Evan Allen  October 3, 2012 04:09 PM

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Wellesley College will feature the work of three international artists in an exhibition called “Provisional Aesthetics, Rehearsing History” in the Davis Museum from Oct. 17, 2012 through Jan. 13, 2013.

Phil Collins, An-My Lê, and Danh Vo are critically acclaimed artists whose work “complicates the realism associated with photography,” according to a release from the college.

“Embracing the double bind between the real and the imaginary, these artists deploy performance, proposition, rehearsal and play to dramatic and unexpected ends,” according to the release.

Collins’ work, called dunia tak akan mendengar, 2007, is the final video in a three-part installation called “the world won’t listen,” according to the release. It shows Indonesian fans of the band The Smiths singing karaoke versions of the 1987 album The World Won’t Listen, according to the release.

An-My Lê, who is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, will be showing photographs and films examining the impact, consequences and representations of war, according to the release. Her work will focus on large-scale color portraits of female soldiers and on her tableaux images on ships that show “the theatrical nature of the rehearsal for military service and war,” according to the release.

Dahn Vo’s work is a “series of 24 photogravures taken by an American consultant during the Vietnam War that serve as a lost album of the refugee artists’ forgotten youth in Vietnam,” according to the release.

In connection with the exhibition, the Babson-Olin-Wellesley Three College Consortium will be hosting the “Provisional Aesthetics International Visiting Artist Lecture Series,” which will present the activist group Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency at Babson College on Oct. 10 at 5 p.m; Dahn Vo at Olin College on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.; and An-My Lê at Wellesley College on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.

Selections from Lê’s “Small Wars” series, which are photographs depicting Vietnam War re-enactors in Virginia, will be on display in the Babson College Hollister Gallery from Nov. 5, 2012 to Jan. 10, 2013.

All the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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