Hong-An Truong: 23 February – 13 March 2016
Maya Schweizer: 15 March – 3 April 2016
Art | Memory | Place is a year-long programme of talks and events taking place over the course of 2015-16 in the context of the ‘decade of centenaries’. Focusing on artists whose work addresses themes relating to memory and place, the purpose of this programme is to broaden and deepen the current discussion about the subject of remembrance and commemoration and to take account of such work.
Memory is an important framework within which to understand the past and many artists create work that is concerned with memory and the past but which does not take the form of a memorial or a commemorative gesture.
In different ways, the film works of Hong-An Truong and Maya Schweizer interrogate and disrupt the conventions of memorialisation and explore the complex relationship between trauma, remembrance and forgetting. Research for Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known, by Hong-An Truong was undertaken as a participant on IMMA’s Residency Programme in 2015. Documentation of previous contributions to the Art | Memory | Place programme and a selection of resources and reading material are provided here for further information.
Offering the opportunity to hear both artists talking about their work, Hong-An Truong and Maya Schweizer discuss their practice and method of research as it relates to issues of trauma and memory in relation to the films presented.
Artists Conversation | Maya Schweizer & Maeve Connolly
Tuesday 15 March 2016, 6 – 7pm, Project Spaces
Maya Schweizer and Maeve Connolly (IADT, ARC) discuss the role of film as collective modes of remembrance and memorialisation in Schweizer’s film Der sterbende Soldat von Les Milles (The dying Soldier of Les Milles) 2014. Book now
Listen back to past talks in this series by Ann Rigney, Andreas Huyssen and more on IMMA’s Soundcloud channel.
A Measure of Remorse, 2009 and Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known, 2016 by Hong-An Trong are part of a larger project drawing on the life and work of writer Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking (1998). This book brought international attention to the military atrocities committed by Japan against China during World War II. A Measure of Remorse re-imagines a confrontation between Chang, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Kunkhiko Saito, and the PBS journalist Elizabeth Farnsworth in which they argue about what constitutes a “real” apology. This video plays out an ambiguous encounter between the three characters, exploring the limitations of language in relation to trauma. Also presented as part of a loop presentation is Hong-An Truong’s most recent work, Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known, 2016. Utilising Chang’s archives and footage shot at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, this work is a meditation on the relationship of memory and history when fixed narratives begin to fall apart. Hong-An Trong’s films are presented on a loop from 23 February – Sun 13 March, Projects Spaces.
Presented from 15 March – 3 April, Maya Schweizer’s film, Der sterbende Soldat von Les Milles (The dying Soldier of Les Milles, 2013) offers a different perspective on the theme of memory. This work explores how the daily routine of the town of Les Milles is caught up by its past. A former brickyard in the town’s centre was used as an internment camp for Germans during World War II and served as concentration and deportation camp later on. With the use of montage cutting techniques the artist explores the traces of the past in the present.
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