Trinh T. Minh-ha will be reading from her new book, Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared at Moe's Bookstore on October 18th. The book includes stunning photographs by Professor of Architecture Jean-Paul Bourdier. Filled with provocation and guided by evocation, it is a work that is wonderfully difficult to categorize because it moves so eloquently through multiple genres, frames, and places. Encompassing various formspoetry, treatise, memoir, historiographyand capaciously conceived, Minh-ha's contemplation of war, state-authorized violence, state-sanctioned 'security,' and international amnesia is skillfully tempered by observations of beauty, humanity, and resistance."-Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, author of War, Genocide and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work
In this new work, renowned feminist filmmaker and postcolonial theorist Minh-ha offers a lyrical, philosophical meditation on the global state of endless war and the violence inflicted by the imperial need to claim victory. She discusses the rise of the police state as linked, for example, to U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, or to China's occupation of Tibet, examining legacies of earlier campaigns and the residual effects of the war on terror. She also takes up the shifting dynamics of peoples' resistance to acts of militarism and surveillance as well as social media and its capacity to inform and mobilize citizens around the world.
At once an engaging treatise and a creative gesture, Lovecidal probes the physical and psychic conditions of the world and shows us a society that is profoundly heartsick. Taking up with those who march both as and for the oppressed--who walk with the disappeared to help carry them forward--Trinh T. Minh-ha engages the spiritual and affective dimensions of a civilization organized around the rubrics of nonstop governmental subjugation, economic austerity, and highly technologized military conflict. In doing so, she clears a path for us to walk upon. Along with our every step, the world of the disappeared lives on.
"A searing trek through our bellicose and warring times, Lovecidal makes an impressive, laser-like and passionate plea to explore what is possible now for humans as living, feeling, and thinking beings."-Renée Green, author of Other Planes of There
Trinh T. Minh-ha is a writer, filmmaker, multimedia artist, composer, and postcolonial feminist theorist. Her award-winning films—including Forgetting Vietnam, Night Passage, The Fourth Dimension, A Tale of Love, Shoot for the Contents, Surname Viet Given Name Nam, Naked Spaces – Living Is Round, and Reassemblage—have been honored in over fifty retrospectives around the world. She is the author of numerous books, including Elsewhere, Within Here; Framer Framed; When the Moon Waxes Red; and Woman, Native, Other. Trinh T. Minh-ha is Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.