Trinh T. Minh-ha

Stoffel Debuysere, Trinh T. Minh-ha, 2024

One of the most important, but also often overlooked, dimensions in the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha, is musicality. A musicality that can be felt in all facets of her work, expressed as exquisite configurations of breath, rhythm, silence, and timbre. As we hear her saying in her latest film, What About China? (2022): “reality is musical.” In 2023, Trinh T. Minh-ha was invited as an artist in focus for the Courtisane Festival. Head programmer Stoffel Debuysere talked with her about the music, the musical thinking and the thinking in musical terms that is at the heart of her work.