"I wanted to make the connections with Vietnamese artists that have been banned in Vietnam and this kind of repression that we face here in terms of voicing political opinions," Duong said. "The forms of censorship are not equivalent, but they are similar."
Choosing pieces for the exhibit was not easy. "We kept asking, 'Are we being sensitive enough for the community, or will they be so hurt when they see this that they are not going to be part of the conversation?' " Le said.
Mindful of the pitfalls, the curators decided to have statements from artists explaining the pieces, along with panel discussions and a curator walk-through.
"We felt in the end," Le said, "that we could not self-censor ourselves even at the risk that it may offend somebody."