WHY ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF THE LOTUS? edited by Kim Nguyen and Jeanne Gerrity
113 x 180mm, 256 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound with dustjacket and edge printing, 2021
A conceptual "course packet" of readings around and inspired by the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha.
Driven by the central question “What are we learning from artists today?” the second volume of A Series of Open Questions is informed by themes found in the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha, such as cultural hybridization and fluidity of identity, digital and migratory aesthetics, memory and landscape, decentered realities, feminist approaches to storytelling, meditations on death and myth, post-coloniality and decolonization, and women's work as related to cultural politics. The contributions to Why Are They So Afraid of the Lotus? embody Trinh's own weariness around categorization and investigate the ways production can come from and be based in positions of unknowing.
Texts by DIVYA MEHRA, LESLIE MARMON SILKO, TRINH T. MINH-HA, MEI-MEI BERSSENBRUGGE, JULIO GARCÍA ESPINOSA, SKY HOPINKA, RANU MUKHERJEE, TISA BRYANT, KATHERINE MCKITTRICK & ALEXANDER G. WEHELIYE, FRANTZ FANON, CHRISTINA SHARPE, KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED, SIMONE BROWNE, ASTRIA SUPARAK, CHRISTINE WANG, CAMILLE RANKINE, KATHY ZARUR, DIONNE BRAND, RENEE GLADMAN, ANGIE MORRILL, EVE TUCK, TAMARA SUAREZ PORRAS, WENDY XU, AMY FUNG, SHYLAH PACHECO HAMILTON, STEFFANI JEMISON, THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA