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Gill Park: Speaking Nearby - Trinh T. Minh-ha and Onyeka Igwe

Curator Gill Park brings the work of artists Trinh T.Minh-ha and Onyeka Igwe into dialogue through a screening that addresses approaches to ‘speaking nearby’ or in ‘critical proximity’ to a subject. 

Vietnamese filmmaker Minh-ha’s Reassemblage (1982) foregrounds the artist’s subjective position to the Senegalese women who are the focus of her film. Igwe's film trilogy No Dance, No Palaver, considers the Aba Women's War in 1929, the first major anti-colonial uprising in Nigeria. Made more than thirty years apart, these two artists directly address the violence of colonial film-making and ethnographic representation. 

The screening will be followed by a conversation with artist Onyeka Igwe and curator Gill Park on histories of artists’ moving image and ethnographic film-making.

Image: Specialised Technique (Onyeka Igwe, 2018).


This event is part of Projections; a programme of artists' moving image, live events and artist development at Tyneside Cinema.


Onyeka Igwe 

Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation. She is born and based in London, UK. Her video works have shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Nuit Blanche, Toronto and the London, Edinburgh Artist Moving Image, Rotterdam International and Hamburg film festivals. In 2018, she exhibited at articule, Montreal, Trinity Square Video, Toronto and The Showroom, London as well as screenings at LUX, Northwest Film Center and Berlin Biennale. 


Gill Park 

Gill Park is Lecturer in curating at Newcastle University. Prior to this role, she was director of Pavilion where she worked with contemporary artists to produce new works of art, with a focus on artist film and video. Her recent academic research focuses on the history of British photography during the 1980s as a vital tool for addressing lived experiences of sexism and the politics of representation.



Event Information

Running Time: 90mins

BBFC Advice: TBC

Director(s): Onyeka Igwe and Trinh T.Minh-ha

Language(s): English

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