Trinh T. Minh-ha: Una huella sonora en el archivo humano

Sidsel Nelund, Minh-ha Trinh T

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Born in Vietnam, Trinh T. Minh-ha is known as a filmmaker, composer and writer. Contributing generously to these art forms, she was also a pioneer in the 1980’s theoretical conceptualisation of the Other, verbalising especially the position of women in developing countries. 

Currently, Trinh T. Minh-ha holds the post of Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, and of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. She has lived, among other places, in Vietnam, USA, France, Senegal, and Japan and this geographic diversity is reflected in her work, in which several countries have been the documentary or fictional stage of her films.

Trinh T. Minh-ha’s early films, Reassemblage (1982) and Naked Spaces - Living is Round (1985) questioned the ethnographic eye in representing reality, whereas the later Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) challenged the genre of documentary, while exposing the politics of the interview. 
Today, Trinh T. Minh-ha’s work investigates the relation between reality and technology.

The political potential of film and writing is ever apparent in Trinh T. Minh-ha’s work, and she has worked artistically to create tools to be applied in the struggle of liberation for marginalised groups. However, she also moves in circles of documentary, cinema, feminist studies, postcolonial theory, contemporary visual art, literature, and music composition. This interview consists of 4 parts concerning positioning, research, and media, finally coming back to positioning again.
Translated title of the contributionA Sound Print on the Human Archive: Interview : Sidsel Nelund and Trinh T. Minh-ha
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationDisturbios Culturales : Conversaciones con Jeffrey Alexander, Andrew Benjamin, Luc Boltanski, Sarah Franklin, Boris Groys, Antoine Hennion, Michael Hutter, Scott Lash, Esther Leslie, Brian Massumi, Walter Mignolo, Bernard Stiegler, Trinh T. Minh-ha
EditorsJosé Ossandón, Lucía Vodanovic
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationSantiago de Chile
PublisherEdiciones Universidad Diego Portales
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)978-956-314-171-9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
SeriesColección Ciencias Sociales e Historia

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