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Anti-Ethnography (N/C 15+)

17 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue CCA Theatre
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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.

Introduced by co-curator Adam Khalil (Ojibway). 

SIOUX GHOST DANCE
W.K.L. Dickson/Thomas Edison // 1894 // 1m

WELCOME TO THE THIRD WORLD
Guillermo Gómez-Peña // 2004 // 2m

AUNTIE BEACHRESS – ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?
Tonia Jo Hall // 2015 // 15s

OVERWEIGHT WITH CROOKED TEETH
Shelley Niro // 1997 // 5m

INSTANT IDENTITY RITUAL
Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vázquez // 2007 // 2m

BIZARRE THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE RITUAL
Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vázquez // 2013 // 2m

AUNTIE BEACHRESS –LAKOTA LANGUAGE CHALLENGE
Tonia Jo Hall // 2015 // 15s

WAWA
Sky Hopinka // 2014 // 6m

AUNTIE BEACHRESS – ONLY BORING PEOPLE GET BORED
Tonia Jo Hall // 2015 // 14s

ALPHABET CITY SERENADE
Diane Burns // 1992 // 3m

DANCE TO MISS CHIEF
Kent Monkman // 2010 // 5m

NATIVE FANTASY: GERMANY’S INDIAN HEROES
The New York Times (Axel Gerdau, Erik Olsen and John Woo) // 2014 // 14m

THE VIOLENCE OF A CIVILISATION WITHOUT SECRETS
Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys // 2017 // 10m

AUNTIE BEACHRESS – LIFE’S STRUGGLES
Tonia Jo Hall // 2015 // 14s

  • Duration 1h30m
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