Lutz Bacher / MATRIX 242

July 18–October 7, 2012

MATRIX 242 presents Bien Hoa (2006–07), an important but rarely seen series that sheds light on the elusive practice of Berkeley-based artist Lutz Bacher. The series juxtaposes enlargements of photographs taken by a soldier in Vietnam, unearthed by the artist at a local salvage store, with the versos of the originals, which reveal the soldier/photographer's handwritten annotations. As in much of her work, in this series Bacher uses found objects to prompt questions without offering clear answers.

  • Lutz Bacher: Bien Hoa, 2006–07 (detail); inkjet print mounted on aluminum; 24 x 36 in.; ballpoint pen on photographic paper; 8 x 10 in.; courtesy of Ratio 3, San Francisco.

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