Furthering the discussion on feminism unfolded in our exhibition ‘Lost from View’, by artist Hương Ngô — The Factory invites Nguyễn Thị Minh to introduce the influential work of cultural theorist and philosopher, Judith Butler (pictured above), and her landmark book, ‘Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity‘. In the book published in 1990, Butler refers to gender as an ‘improvised performance’, her thinking considered one of the most influential in the study of gender and queer theory today.
The program has been divided into two parts. Firstly a public talk (25 July) and a reading group discussion (29 August). At the public talk, Nguyễn Thị Minh, a translator and literary scholar, walked us through Judith Butler’s history of thought, contrasting Butler’s ideas in relation to other essentialist conceptions of body and gender used by other feminists. At this reading group discussion on 1 August, Nguyễn Thị Minh will focus on Butler’s earlier essay, ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution‘ (which laid the foundation for ‘Gender Trouble’).