Artist’s talk: Trinh T. Minh-ha

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Artist’s talk: Trinh T. Minh-ha

Description

21 Feb 2014, Fri 7:30pm - 9:00pm

This talk will contextualise Trinh T. Minh-ha’s installation Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) within the larger picture of her own work and film practice.

Surname Viet Given Name Nam addresses notions of identity, popular memory and culture. While docusing on aspects of Vietnamese reality as seen through the lives and history of women's resistance in Vietnam and in the U.S., it raises questions on the politics of interviewing and documenting. A theoretically and formally complex work, Surname Viet Given Name Nam explores the difficulty of translation, and themes of dislocation and exile, critiquing both traditional society and life since the war. Jusxtaposing archival footage, proverbs, and poetry, voice-over narratives, and written text, the film festures interviews with five Vietnamese women. It becomes clear throughout the film that these interviews are restaged and the women portrayed are actually amatuer actresses living in the U.S. Taking a hybrid form, the film articulates the complex diversity of the lives and roles of Vietnamese women within culture, and confronts the essentialising Western paradigms. It challenges the traditions of documentary filmmaking through complex interconnections of sound and image, rejection of a single, omniscient voice and undermining of the authority of the camera itself.

A public programme of Paradise Lost.

Date

2014-02-21

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Short Description

This talk will contextualise Trinh T. Minh-ha’s installation Surname Viet Given Name Nam within the larger picture of her own work and film practice.

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General

Location

Onsite (CCA)

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No

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No

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No

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Citation

“Artist’s talk: Trinh T. Minh-ha,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed October 1, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/2081.