Screening: Vietnam The Movie, 2015, NguyễnTrinh Thi,
Single channel video, 47 min, color and B&W, sound
Framed around the screening of Vietnam The Movieby Vietnamese filmmaker Nguyễn Trinh Thi, this event focuses broadly on the archival function of moving images as a mean to memorialize and archive Vietnam’s traumatic past. By compiling visual depictions of iconic and historically significant events in a creative assemblage—from Hollywood cinema to arthouse and Asian films—Vietnam The Movie traces Vietnam’s history between the end of French rule in the 1950s to the conclusion of the Vietnam War.
The screening will be followed by an informal conversation between Dr Dana Healy, a specialist in modern Vietnamese cultural studies and Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, an independent curator, writer and lecturer in contemporary Southeast Asian art. They will examine specific excerpts featured in the film, that reference Asian and Vietnamese movies, and mainstream American productions, to consider Nguyễn Trinh Thi’s methodological adaptation of existing footage from various films that feature the war—that stimulate geographically diverse visual interpretations based on differing viewpoints at different time periods, and explore how the means of collecting and preserving postcolonial moving images can reframe Vietnam’s recent history.
Nguyen Trinh-Thi is a Hanoi-based film/media artist. Her moving image work
including experimental documentary films, single-channels and video installations—consistently engage with memory and history, and reflect on the roles and positions of artists in society. Her materials are diverse – from video and photographs shot by herself to those appropriated from various sources including press photos, corporate videos, and classic films; her practice traverses boundaries between film and video art, installation and performance. Nguyen’s works have been shown at international festivals and exhibitions including the 9th Asia Pacific Triennale; Sydney Biennale; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; the Lyon Biennale 2015; Asian Art Biennial 2015, Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 2014; Singapore Biennale2013; and Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Dana Healy is senior Lecturer in Vietnamese studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London. She specializes in modern Vietnamese cultural studies, including literature, film, religion and gender. The main focus of her research into modern Vietnamese literature is on Vietnamese literature of the renovation period, the relationship between gender and modernity in contemporary Vietnamese literature and cinema, and on the themes of memory, ideology and the representation of war and conflict.
Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani is an independent curator, writer and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art. Complemented by continuous dialogue with artists and art professionals, her research and curatorial practice revolve around critical sociopolitical issues in Southeast Asia, advocating a counter-hegemonic and non-Western-centric discourse. Loredana current curatorial projects are Pure Land: A Solo Show by Dinh Q Lewith Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok, and Diaspora: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia (2018) with MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, for which she edited the accompanying publication, a collection of essays that examine art and society at the periphery. Other recent exhibitions include Heads or Tails? Uncertainties and Tensions in Contemporary Thailand(2017) with Sundaram Tagore Gallery; The Game/Viet Nam by LE Brothers(2016) with Jim Thompson Art Center; and Architectural Landscapes: SEA in the Forefront (2015) with Queens Museum. She lives in London, UK, and Bangkok, Thailand.