Nguyen Trinh Thi: Fifth Cinema

When 29 Sep 2019 - 17 Feb 2020
Where Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Enquiry 888.642.2787

Artist talk: October 10, 6:30–8pm, live via web

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of work by artist and filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi (b. 1973, Vietnamese). Opening September 29, 2019, Nguyen Trinh Thi: Fifth Cinema is the U.S. premiere of Nguyen’s hybrid essay-film Fifth Cinema (2018), a single-channel installation that examines the power of film to reclaim indigenous history and land from Western and internal colonialisms/colonizations.

Fifth Cinema explores a subjective understanding of the artist’s homeland, Vietnam. Nguyen interrogates local, official histories and external viewpoints on Vietnam, together with the wider ideals of women and men, the role of the artist in society, and the landscape as metaphor. The 55-minute video proposes a homegrown authority that is derived from the artist’s own culture, expanding the concept of “Fourth Cinema,” which was originally conceived by Māori filmmaker Barry Barclay in the 1990s. According to Barclay, “Fourth Cinema” is a cinema by, about, and for indigenous peoples defined in opposition to the framework of First (American), Second (Art House) and Third (Third World) Cinema.

Nguyen Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based film/media artist and co-founder of Hanoi Doclab, a center for documentary films and moving image in Hanoi. Her moving image work—including experimental documentary films, single-channels, and video installations—consistently engages with memory and history and reflects on the roles and positions of artists in society. Nguyen’s works have been shown at international festivals and exhibitions, including the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial; Biennale of Sydney; 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 Biennale 2013; and Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Image: Nguyen Trinh Thi, Fifth Cinema (2018), production still. Photo: Jamie Maxtone-Graham. Courtesy of the event organizer.

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