Selected Canadian Aboriginal Video
Added March, 2012
Curated by Josephine Mills
Video courtesy of Vtape
On March 1, 2012 the U of L Art Gallery launched six Aboriginal works for Native Awareness Week in our Project Channel space. The curated selection provides a range of recent Aboriginal video making in Canada including the dry humour of Keesic Douglas’ “Rezolution” and Zoe Leigh Hopkins’ “Tsi tkahéhtayen (The Garden);” two beautiful, animated works — Jude Norris’ “Red Buffalo Skydive” and Christiana Latham’s “Lady Raven;” Dana Claxton’s abstract, poetic approach to video with “Say It’s OK;” and an example of the strong Inuit video production with Félix Lajeunesse, PaulRaphaël, and Iglookik’s “Tungijuq.”
Two people meet in a “Rez” style restaurant as dark secrets are revealed, conflicts arise, and peace is made.
Tsi tkahéhtayen (The Garden)
Zoe Leigh Hopkins
A mystical gardener harvests fruits from the earth that defy everyone’s expectations.
Red Buffalo Skydive
Red Buffalo Skydive is a 3 minute video featuring a repeating 6 second clip of an animated running buffalo combined with dialogue of the artist repeating a story told to her by a paraplegic man who picked her up hitchhiking. Initially, the imagery and the dialogue do not appear to be related, but as the piece progresses, the viewer may begin to make associations, and even synchronistic connections, between the two stories.
Using animation, music, and narrative, a depiction of an Aleut’s Native legend is created. The legend of how the woman and the raven became one.
Say It’s OK
A young aboriginal boy ponders the representation of self in the context of survival and shapeshifting.