Video

The Sign is Said to be Put in the Place of the Thing Itself

Vicky Moufawad-Paul

2003, 08:00 minutes

TAPECODE 1020.02

An exploration of race, gender, commitment, tradition, orientalism, and colonial history through reenactments that stage ambivalence. The image of T.H Laurence from the 1962 film “Laurence of Arabia” is layered and repeated with family archival videos to gesture toward the constructedness of associations. In other words, while the sign is said to be put in the place of the thing itself, the thing itself should be freed from the sign. The title of the video is taken from a line in Jacques Derrida’s “Différance.”

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