14 April 2009
With Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, André Lepecki and Trinh T. Minh-ha

Video recordings of the lecture

Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan


André Lepecki


For over four centuries the dominance of Western philosophy and culture has been questioned and criticized by thinkers of every gender and denomination. Persistent impulses from feminist and postcolonial theory have since discredited patriarchal and Eurocentric ways of looking at the world. The omnipresence of the notion of globalization, and the shift of the economic power centre to the BRIC-axis, have led to the impression that we live in a world in which borders and ‘cultural gaps’ no longer matter. The idea that the tensions between centre and periphery – in both a geographical, a socio-political and cultural sense –, no longer play a significant role, has gained ground. To what extent has the field of tension between ‘us’ and the ’other’ actually been abolished in the domain of the arts?


Trinh T. Minh-ha (VN) is a filmmaker, writer and composer born in Vietnam and currently living in the United States. She is Professor of Women’s Studies and Rhetoric (Film) at the University of California, Berkeley. Trinh T. Minh-ha is a world-renowned feminist and post-colonial theorist who builds much of her work around the theme of the ‘other’, challenging traditional notions of the subject or/subjected duality. She performed three year’s worth of ethnographic field research in West Africa. This fieldwork led to her first provocative film, “Reassemblage” (1982). has been making films for over twenty years, as well as large multi-media installations that have been honored in 30 retrospectives around the world. Her writings include “Framer Framed”, 1992 and “Woman, Native, Other”, 1989. Trinh Minh-ha has traveled and lectured extensively—in the States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand—on film, art, feminism, and cultural politics.

Trinh T. Minh-ha retrospective in De Balie
Cinema de Balie presents, from Friday 10 April to Wednesday 15 April, a retrospective of the films of Trinh T. Minh-ha. De Balie will screen the following films:
Surname Viet Given Name Nam - Friday 10 April 19:30 & Saturday 11 April 22.00
Reassemblage & The Fourth Dimension - Friday 10 April 22:00 & Wednesday 15 April 20.00 met Q&A
Shoot for the Contents - Saturday 11 April 19:30 & Sunday 12 April 22.00
Night Passage - Sunday 11 April 19:30

 De Balie |  Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10 Amsterdam
Tickets can be reserved weekdays between 12.00 and 18.00: (020) 5535100 or through the website: www.debalie.nl/cinema

André Lepecki (BR) is a curator, dramaturg, writer, and co-creator based in New York. Currently he is Associate Professor in Performance Studies at New York University. is the author of “Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement” (Routledge 2006), in which he discusses European contemporary dance as performed extensions of the radical politics implied in performance art, in post-structuralist and critical theory, in post-colonial theory, and in critical race studies. He was dramaturg for choreographers Vera Mantero, João Fiadeiro and Meg Stuart. contributes regularly to several art publications in the US, Brazil, and Europe. is editor of the anthologies “Of the Presence of the Body” (Wesleyan University Press, 2004) and “The Senses in Performance” (with Sally Banes, Routledge, 2006).

R. Radhakrishnan (IN) is the Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California-Irvine. He received his M.A. in 1971 at Madras (India), and in 1983 his Ph.D. English at SUNY, Binghamton. 1984 and 2004 he taught at the of Massachusetts. Among numerous publications are “Diasporic Mediations: Between Home and Location” (1996), “Theory in an Uneven World” (2003), and “History, the Human, and the World Between” (2008). Dr. Radhakrishnan has also recently edited a collection of texts entitled “Theory, Transgression, Translation” and co-edited (with Susan Koshy) “Transnational South Asians and the making of a neo-diaspora” (2008). He has translated contemporary Tamil fiction into English, and has published a volume of Tamil poems.

Trinh T. Minh-ha

In the discussion with all of the above three speakers, the moderator is Karim Benammar