A film from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is paired with a contemporary work that is not in the collection. The two works resonate with timeless, conceptual connections.
Whose film is it? Contemporary artists Trinh T. Minh-ha, Lynne Sachs, and the late Barbara Hammer address various forms of truth-telling and collaboration in cinema. Minh-ha challenges traditional ethnographic films, drawing attention to ways they are conspicuously shaped by the storyteller’s colonial standpoint. Sachs and Hammer elevate the possibility of shared authorship by conceiving a film shaped by Sachs’s vision of Hammer’s material.
Screening right here for free beginning at 10 am (CDT) April 20 until May 4.
About the Films
A Month of Single Frames (For Barbara Hammer) by Lynne Sachs and Barbara Hammer
As she was dying, filmmaker Barbara Hammer handed Lynne Sachs footage, sound, and writings she made a decade earlier during an artist’s residency spent in a shack on the dunes of Cape Cod. The result is a connective meditation on life and solitude. 2020, 16mm transferred to digital, 14 min.
Reassemblage by Trinh T. Minh-ha
Playing with documentary filmmaking and ethnographic representation of culture, Minh-ha creates a complex visual study of women in rural Senegal that reflects on complicit interactions between filmmaker and viewer, and asks: whose story is it, who is telling it, and why? 1982, 16mm transferred to digital, 42 min.