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I began working on AnOther Expedition in the summer of 1998 when I received a grant from the Lila Wallace and Readers Digest to live and work in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France. AnOther Expedition is a simulated natural history museum installation of a fictitious Vietnamese colonial expedition to France. This installation includes approximately 600 Cyanotype prints of flora specimen as well as water, soil, and other physical elements that were collected from Monet's Garden. The intention is to subvert the historical European Gaze on Asia, to deconstruct the invention of photography as a colonial tool, and finally to question the authority and validity of Western cultural institutional practices.
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