"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"I grew up during the Vietnam War. We lived in Vietnam through many of the offensives and coups. In 1968 after the Tet offensive the Viet Cong took over part of the city for a while...War was part of life for us. People ask, "Wasn’t it frightening?" We were really too young to know it the way an adult would. As a child, it’s just part of your life and you deal with it when it happens."
- An-My Lê