35th Bienal de São Paulo
6 Set to 10 Dec 2023
Free Admission
35th Bienal de
São Paulo
6 Set to 10 Dec
Exhibition view of Reassemblage, by Trinh T. Minh-ha during the 35th Bienal de São Paulo – choreographies of the impossible © Levi Fanan / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Cinema – Trinh T. Minh-ha – Reassemblage

On November 7, as part of the public program of the 35th Bienal de São Paulo, there will be a screening of the film Reassemblage (1982), by Trinh T. Minh-ha. Lasting 40 minutes, the film is the result of her field research carried out in rural areas of Senegal between 1977 and 1981.

The work is self-reflexive and takes into account both how we represent the historical past and what is being portrayed. Instead of observing the world through documentary lenses, self-reflexive documentaries invite us to see the documentary for what it is: a construction or interpretation.

Reassemblage offers sharp criticism of the cinematographic strategies common in the conventions of classic documentary cinema, especially in the ethnographic field. The director considers these strategies to be heirs to a colonialist, sexist, biased and ethnocentric approach.

Cinema – Reassemblage – Trinh T. Minh-ha
35th Bienal de São Paulo – choreographies of the impossible
November 7, 2023
Tuesday, 4 pm
auditorium, blue floor
Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion
Ibirapuera Park, gate 3
Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, s/n
São Paulo, SP
free admission