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"The war is not present. Not directly at least. The photographs are of people existing in stages of life that are in personal relations to war. While classic war photography enters and shapes our collective consciousness of the event by delivering immediate emotional impacts, An-My Lê’s Small Wars presents a slower, contemplative way of seeing. 

In Lê’s Small Wars, we don’t see combat. We see War being psychologically remembered, processed, relived, and rehearsed. We don’t look at war itself. We examine our own thinking of it."

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