Old Land New Waters
Trinh T. Minh-ha
3rd Guangzhou Triennale 2008
Okinawa Prefectural Fine Arts Museum 2007 & 2009
A video installation composed of two sequences: Dât (Land), approx 7mins, and Nuoc (Water) approx 11 mins—the two elements that refers to "country" (dât nuoc) in Vietnamese, and evoke the ancient spirit of the sky and earth people in a time of rapid globalization.
The 2 sequences are meant to be projected simultaneously and continuously on two large screens (8 to 10 ft long) in the same space, either juxtaposed next to each other with a gap in between (which could be an entry, for example, and the two sequences could be projected on the left and right sides of the entry).
The installation has been conceived for and exhibited at the following events: 1) the opening of the new Prefecture Museum and museum of Fine Arts of Okinawa in Japan (November 2007); 2) for the traveling Chechnya Emergency Biennale which will show in San Francisco (Jan 25 to mid-February, 2008, invited by Global Commons Foundation as a main event of the World Social Forum); and 3) for the Third Guangzhou Art Triennale at Guangdong Museum, China (Sept 6 – Nov 16, 2008). 4) “Migrations and Expressions,” Prefecture Museum and museum of Fine Arts of Okinawa in Japan (Jan 31- 3-29, 2009).