Urgent Elements: Eco-Video from Southeast Asia
Screening and conversation with Tuan Andrew Nguyen
This series of video screenings and artist conversations addresses environmental devastation in Cambodia and Vietnam. The artworks creatively document how this ecological destruction – from toxic mining and deforestation to sand extraction and animal poaching – coincides with social violence against some of the most vulnerable groups in the area, including the indigenous and poor. The series aims to bring together researchers, art practitioners, and students committed to investigating intersectional questions of climate justice.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen highlights human violence against animals in My Ailing Beliefs Can Cure Your Wretched Desires (2017, 19 min). In this riveting video work, two animal spirits of species that have recently gone extinct in Vietnam – the Javan rhino and a type of giant turtle – debate the possibility of animal liberation from humankind. Vietnam is a country with one of the most complex natural ecosystems on the planet, but a substantial number of its species are at risk of extinction. This moving image work imagines an animal revolution against human trophy kills, poaching for “medicinal” purposes, and neocolonial violence in the landscape.
Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Roser ATLAS Center, RM 102
1125 18th Street, Boulder, CO 80309
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