Eye of The Invisible Man

Quentin Lee

1993, 20:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


Trauma, lesbian sexuality and otherness are the central issues that Eye of The Invisible Man attempts to explore. Ellen, the protagonist, is a white lesbian who had a relationship with Myra, a half white, half Japanese woman, who is now (at the departure point of the narrative) getting married with a white man. Precisely what the video attempts to question is the construction of an unproblematic perception of collective trauma which is central to a Western(ized) perspective, the perspective of otherness, where the Hiroshima bomb is romantically totalizing as a neo-orientalist fetish which threatens the erasure of cultural specificity, (for example, that of Japanese Americans).

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