Trinh T. Minh-ha. Documentary Is/Not a Name
The reference point for her work is the idea of the ‘other’, focusing on the situation of women in countries like China, Japan and Vietnam, and is characterised by a broken narrative based on constantly changing points of focus. Her films reveal an intense critique of the colonial attitudes of western anthropology, as well as a profound deconstruction of the codes and conventions of ethnographic film. Her use of many techniques from avant-garde film - jump cuts, accelerated montage and sound omission - is not merely a formal exercise. Rather, they modify the experience of film as spectacle and the ‘other’ as a subject for consumption.
Presentation of the series and conference by Guilia Colaizzi, Professor of Audiovisual Arts at the Universidad de Valencia