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IMMA Art | Memory | Place : Artist's Interview with Hong-An Truong

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Published on Jul 27, 2016

In conjunction with the IMMA Programme Art Memory Place, watch the artist Hong-An Truong discuss her film works; A Measure of Remorse, 2009 and Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known, 2016, presented in IMMA’s Project Spaces in 2016.

Both works are part of Hong-An Trong’s larger project that draws 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.

Art | Memory | Place is a year-long programme at IMMA 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. For further information about the programme visit http://www.imma.ie/en/subnav_150.htm


Film by Eavan Aiken
Camera by Eavan Aiken and Susan Gogan
Featuring extracts and stills from the moving image installation in The Project Spaces, The Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition Art Memory Place: Artists Films, 23 February – 3 April 2016. Made with the support of IADT.

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