[Opening Talk] The Momentary Enemy

Experimental documentary filmmaker, Angel Velasco Shaw will discuss vestiges of war beyond the silver screen and popular media—examining the connections between the Philippine-American, Vietnam, and Iraq wars reflected in her 2008 documentary video, The Momentary Enemy. This video is part of a continuum of works that explore legacies of colonialism, empire building and war. Unpacking Filipino/American histories, she will address how these histories have been erased and/or buried, and largely unknown within a global context. Shaw will talk about the limitations of mainstream linear and traditional documentary techniques utilized to depict the complex deeply embedded consequences of war. In addition, she will converse about the challenges that other Filipino/American filmmakers encounter in portraying the consequences of war, and their ambivalent and ambiguous nuances through other media formats. The Momentary Enemy is held in-conjunction with the exhibition Double Vision.

About the Speaker
Angel Velasco Shaw is an independent filmmaker, media artist, curator, cultural organizer, and educator born in Los Angeles and grew up in New York. She currently lives in Manila. Her documentaries have been screened in American, European and Asian Film Festivals, museums and schools since 1988, and are in American, European, and Asian museums collections. She was the originator and project director for Vestiges of War 1899-1999: The
Philippine-American War and Its Aftermath –art and film exhibitions, performances, and a conference (1999) culminating in an anthology co-edited by Luis H. Francia (NYU Press, 2002). She was the project director of the cross-cultural exchange project Markets of Resistance set in the Philippines, 2014-2015. Angel Velasco Shaw is currently an associate professor and the Director of the Institute of Heritage, Culture and the Arts in Philippine Women’s University.

About the exhibition
Double Vision is a selection of video works and experimental films that are inspired by the affinities between the Philippines and Vietnam in the history of the American wars in the Pacific. While the Philippines stood as proxy in the re-enactment of the Vietnam War in films produced during the Cold War period, it was also historically situated as a proto-site that delivered the United State's expansion in the region. The works eschew mainstream forms through mimesis and satire on American cinema, montage of guerrilla and archival footages within the language of revealing critical reflections of the artists’ entanglement with the fictions of war.

9 June - 31 July 2016, Lee Kong Chian Gallery, NUS Museum

[Image: Film still from The Momentary Enemy, 2008, courtesy of Angel Velasco Shaw.]
Wed Jun 8, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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