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Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films. —Exhibitions |  NTU CCA Singapore
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NTU CCA Singapore Exhibitions is focused on contemporary artistic production that provides a critical platform for reflection and discussion. The exhibition programme embraces artistic production in all its diverse media with a commitment to current debates in visual culture. NTU CCA Singapore presents up to four exhibitions a year ranging in format from group to solo shows giving voice to a diversity of international artists. Each exhibition is accompanied by an extensive public programme of tours, talks and workshops that foster reflections on the exhibition from various perspectives and disciplines.


Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.

17 July 2020 — 18 October 2020


“The making of each film transforms the way I see myself and the world. Once I start engaging in the process of making a film or in any artistic excursion, I am also embarking upon a journey whose point of arrival is unknown to me.”—Trinh T. Minh-ha

Forgetting Vietnam (2015)
Night Passage (2004)
The Fourth Dimension (2001)
A Tale of Love (1995)
Shoot for the Contents (1991)

This exhibition features works by the world-renowned independent filmmaker, writer, composer, and post-colonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha, as well as a new commission by the NTU CCA Singapore. The spatial display of the films evokes Trinh’s 2001 exhibition at the Secession in Vienna, one of the first instances where full-length films were presented in an art gallery context. Taking this specific cue, which also involved Trinh’s writings and publications, five films were selected to be in the exhibition hall, enquiring about modes of viewing the cinematic, and how to inhabit the physical and temporal spaces in between her works.

Other films by the artist will be screened in the Single Screen, including her new film What About China? (working title, 2020) that draws on footage shot in China in the 1990s, as well as Surname Viet, Given Name Nam (1989), which was part of NTU CCA Singapore’s inaugural exhibition Paradise Lost (2013).



Trinh T. Minh-ha (Vietnam/United States) is Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally trained as a musical composer, she received her two masters and PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her numerous books include Lovecidal. Walking with The Disappeared (2016), D-Passage. The Digital Way (2013), Elsewhere, Within Here (2011). Her work has been recipient of many awards, including the Wild Dreamer Lifetime Achievement Award at the Subversive Festival, Zagreb (2014); the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art (2012); and the 2006 Trailblazers Award at the MIPDoc in Cannes.


Image: 1 and 2. Trinh T. Minh-ha, Forgetting Vietnam (film still), 2015, colour, 90 min. Courtesy the artist. 3. Trinh T. Minh-ha, Shoot for the Contents (film still), 1991, 102 min. Courtesy the artist. 4. Trinh T. Minh-ha, Surname Viet Given Name Nam (film still), 1989, 108 min. Courtesy the artist.