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THE VAULT, JUNE 2021:

Voices of the Morning (1992) & It Is a Crime (1996), dir. Meena Nanji

MY SIGHT IS LINED WITH VISIONS

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Meena Nanji

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Voices of the Morning (1992) & It Is a Crime (1996

Meena Nanji

These two experimental videos take the analog art of videotape mixing, and, while quoting both the text and formal structures of Muslim and South Asian women writers, deconstruct the narrative strategies of more straightforward media critiques.

"From her birth in Kenya as a third-generation South Asian to moving to the UK and then to Los Angeles at age 17, it’s no surprise Meena Nanji doesn’t consider herself an American—and yet it is this very diasporic internationalism that paradoxically defines her early video work’s place in the Asian American experimental canon. Nanji made Voices of the Morning towards the end of her time as a student at CalArts, and It Is a Crime shortly after graduating. In school, it was visiting British artists Black Audio Film Collective who most inspired her own visual investigations into cultural representation. This link between the UK’s Cultural Studies movement and 90’s stateside video art finds full expression in Nanji’s particular vision examining South Asian images and ideas as experienced within a dominant Western framework. "

 

Essay from Inney Prakash forthcoming

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MY SIGHT IS LINED WITH VISIONS

1990s Asian American Film & Video

January 26, 2021 - January 25, 2022

Co-curated by Abby Sun and Keisha Knight

With support from and screening copies courtesy of the Center for Asian American Media,

the Harvard Film Archive, and John C. Woo and Asian CineVision

THANK YOU

All the filmmakers, writers, and Sentient.Art.Film team. Don Young, Chi-hui Yang, Vince Johnson,

Anna Gustavi, Anna Eriksson, Suzanne Shea, and Czarina Garcia

 

This program would not have been possible without you.