Movements: Battles and Solidarity by Tran, T. Kim-Trang
Movements: Battles and Solidarity is a large-scale three-channel video installation on handmade screens that will be presented at USC PAM in July 2020. The triptych looks at significant events in the years 1972-74 regarding fashion, race, and class, particularly the Civil Rights movement in high fashion, labor unrest in the garment industry during the long 70s, and the Vietnam War. The work explores shared political and physical “movements” made manifest in the catwalk, the run, and the march.
Artist / Tran, T. Kim-Trang was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the U.S. in 1975. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been producing experimental videos since the early 1990’s. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group screenings in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Her Blindness Series, eight experimental video shorts investigating blindness and its metaphors, was completed in 2006. Tran is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Creative Capital grant, a Getty Mid-Career Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, which has enabled her to develop a screenplay based on the life of her mother titled Call Me Sugar, which she hopes to direct as a feature film project.
In 2010 Tran exhibited a three-channel video installation titled Landless in Second Life, where she created an Afterlife for her mother as a way to explore notions of immigrants and immigration in the online, virtual world Second Life. In 2016 she produced a born-digital book of critical essays on The Blindness Series and completed a casual game titled Arizona 9 about a girl’s murder that led to the demise of the border-watch movement. In 2020 she will debut Movements: Battles and Solidarity, a large-scale video installation on the shared movements in fashion, the Vietnam War and women in the garment industry from 1972-74.
Tran is a Professor of Art and Media Studies at Scripps College.