ekleipsis

1998 | 00:22:28 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Mono

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Asian-American

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.In 1992, Tran came across a New York Times article about a group of hysterically blind Cambodian women in Long Beach, California, known as the largest group of such people in the world. Hysterical blindness is sight loss brought about by traumatic stress, and has little or no physical causes. ekleipsis delves into two histories: the history of hysteria and the Cambodian civil war. Weaving together texts of these histories along with a composite case study of some of the hysterically blind Cambodian women and the artist's mother, ekleipsis speaks about the somatization of pain and loss. The video also expresses the inspiration found in these ascendant personalities—those who develop the incredible will to survive traumatic events and utilize their experiences to reflect on, and live life in positive ways.

This title is also available on Tran, T. Kim-Trang: The Blindness Series.

Premiere

1998

Exhibitions + Festivals

Images Festival of Independant Film and Video (Canada), 1998

Impakt Organisation (The Netherlands), 1998

Impakt Organisation (The Netherlands), 1999

Whitney Biennial (Chrissie Illes-Video Curator Whitney Mus.), 2000