Anti-Ethnography

 

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Anti-Ethnography is a selection of video works which examines the violence inherent in the ethnographic impulse, and unveils the absurd fetishism underpinning the discipline. For indigenous peoples the camera is a dangerous weapon, one that has been wielded against us since the device’s inception. Anthropology’s obsession with preserving images of our “vanishing” cultures, through ethnographic films or archives filled with boxes of our ancestors’ remains, has long been a tool used to colonize and oppress indigenous peoples.

By relegating our identities to the past, and forcing us to authenticate ourselves through this past, our existence as contemporary individuals living in a colonized land is denied. It is in this sense that ethnography confines indigenous agency.

The anthropologist’s encapsulating gaze ignores the fact that for indigenous
communities tradition is not an immutable set of truths handed down by revelation, but a set of ever-evolving social practices whose continuity cannot be repaired by preservation, only elaborated through struggle, and finally achieved under conditions of genuine self-determination.

Curators: Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil


SIOUX GHOST DANCE
USA 1894. 1 min. DIRECTION: W.K.L. Dickson/Thomas Edison

WELCOME TO THE THIRD WORLD
USA 2004. 2 min. DIRECTION: Guillermo Gómez-Peña

AUNTIE BEACHRESS – ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?
USA 2015. 1 min. DIRECTION: Tonia Jo Hall

OVERWEIGHT WITH CROOKED TEETH
USA 1997. 5 min. DIRECTION: Shelley Niro

INSTANT IDENTITY RITUAL
USA 2007. 2 min. DIRECTION: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Gustavo Vázquez

ALPHABET CITY SERENADE
USA 1992. 3 min. DIRECTION: Diane Burns

BIZARRE THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE RITUAL
USA 2013. 2 min. DIRECTION: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Gustavo Vázquez

AUNTIE BEACHRESS – LAKOTA LANGUAGE CHALLENGE
USA 2015. 1 min. DIRECTION: Tonia Jo Hall

WAWA
USA 2014, 6 min. DIRECTION: Sky Hopinka

AUNTIE BEACHRESS – ONLY BORING PEOPLE GET BORED
USA 2015, 1 min. DIRECTION: Tonia Jo Hall

MOBILIZE
CANADA 2015. 3 min. DIRECTION: Caroline Monnet

DANCE TO MISS CHIEF
CANADA 2010. 5 min. DIRECTION: Kent Monkman

NATIVE FANTASY: GERMANY’S INDIAN HEROES
USA 2014. 14 min. DIRECTION: Axel Gerdau, Erik Olsen, John Woo

THE VIOLENCE WITH A CIVILIZATION WITHOUT SECRETS
USA 2017. 10 min. DIRECTION: Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys

WE ANSWER OUR LAND LINE
USA 2019. 6 min. DIRECTION: Woodrow Hunt, Olivia Camfield

RECLAMATION
CANADA 2018. 13 min. DIRECTION: Thirza Jean Cuthand

AUNTIE BEACHRESS – LIFE’S STRUGGLES
USA 2015. 1 min. DIRECTION: Tonia Jo Hall


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