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From Colonialism to Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Bodies and the Camera at Plug In ICA

  • Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art 460 Portage Avenue Winnipeg Canada (map)

RESPONDENT SERIES | A Talk with Sherry Farrell Racette - From Colonialism to Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Bodies and the Camera

In response to our current exhibition Entering the Landscape, on Tuesday, October 17that 7pm, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents “From Colonialism to Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Bodies and the Camera” by beloved scholar, artist and educator, Sherry Farrell Racette as part of our Respondent Series.

Considering the extensive representation of Indigenous women employing video or photography in Entering the Landscape, Racette will contextualize the impact of these technologies historically and their contemporary uses. She will speak to the fraught history of visual representation as an early tool of colonization, with particular focus on lens-based media. Recognizing its contemporary use as an apparatus of resistance and reclamation, Racette will trace a trajectory that sees a transition from the camera as a colonial instrument used to fetishize, and sexualize Indigenous peoples, to its empowered use by Indigenous women beginning in the mid-twentieth century. Coming full circle, Racette posits the camera as “now enable[ing] powerful acts of the imaginary to affirm our stories, reclaim our sovereign bodies and assert our enduring relationship to land”. More info here.