While in Ho Chi Minh City, Fletcher re-photographed The War Remnants Museum including its wall tags and supporting documents for what the Vietnamese call The American War. These casual snapshots remain visceral, accurate and moving.
In a statement about his work Fletcher has said: “I encourage everyone to do their own research and find out more about The American War in Vietnam and all of the other American Wars that have been happening ever since, sometimes covertly and other times, as in the current situation in Iraq, outrageously overtly…” This exhibition presents a selection of his documentation as a mirror of our own perceptions and the US’s role in this still-debated war.
The American War debuted in 2005 at Artpace, San Antonio, TX, and has since traveled to Solvent Space, VA; the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T., MA and White Columns, NY.
Harrell Fletcher has worked on a variety of socially engaged projects for over a decade. He has exhibited at PICA, SF MoMA, de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center, DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture show, Signal in Sweden and The Royal College of Art in London. Fletcher is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery (CA), Christine Burgin Gallery (NY) and with Laura Bartlett Gallery (UK). He was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. Fletcher is a Professor of Art at Portland State University.