Minette Mangahas | 3 min | USA | 2011
Filmed through a microscope, this piece superimposes footage from Anna May Wong’s performance in the silent film “Piccadilly” (1929) unto a magnified strand of my hair.
The film sampled is a scene from “Piccadilly” (1929). Anna May Wong plays a dishwasher in the London theater. The theater director, played by Charles Laughton, discovers her dancing in the scullery, fires her, and then later brings her to the stage.
Music, editing, video by
Minette Lee Mangahas
Minette Lee Mangahas‘s process-based projects layer calligraphic painting, sculpture, animation, and performance in installations that often explore themes of migration, spirituality, identity and language. She uses mark-making as a method for creative ethnography, often telling stories through collaborative, community-based projects that integrate traditional and contemporary technologies. Based in Asia and the United States, her work has been featured internationally in exhibitions and festivals at venues such as the Chinese Biennial in Beijing, the Pacific Asia Museum in Los Angeles, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Arario Gallery in New York.