film/Still: Through the Repellent Fence
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Join us for a screening of Through the Repellent Fence (Sam Wainwright Douglas, 2017, 1 hour, 14 minutes) followed by a discussion by artist and curator Adán De La Garza in person and Postcommodity member Raven Chacon via Skype. After the discussion and a brief break, enjoy a bonus screening of the short film A Song Often Played on the Radio (Raven Chacon and Cristobal Martinez, 2019, 23 minutes).
$8 | Free bottomless popcorn for CSM members with member ID
Please note: CSM will manage ticketing for this event. You will not receive a ticket from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and seats in the theater will be on a first come, first served basis. Please check in with a CSM staff member upon arrival to the theater that evening.
Through the Repellent Fence follows Native American art collective Postcommodity as it constructs Repellent Fence, a two-mile-long outdoor artwork straddling the United States–Mexico border one mile in each direction, suturing the region back together. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context.” Through The Repellent Fence is an adventure in the artistic process blended with a road trip of discovery visiting sites and diverse perspectives to explore how land art can generate community interaction and perceptual shifts in how we interpret, engage and draw inspiration from our natural world.
Written and directed by Raven Chacon and Cristobal Martinez, long-time collaborators as part of the Postcommodity collective, A Song Often Played on the Radio is an allegory without time. Its characters, representing fluidity, signify the indigenous mestizos of Northern New Mexico. Resisting codified notions of history, ethnicity, identity, and myth, this work demonstrates the complexity of the borderlands, with its narratives untenable to the desires of manifest destiny and its associated forms of imperialism. A critique of America’s national sites of sacrifice, the people will never forget the desecration of their lands and bodies resulting from the dark forces of atomic optimism, and the resource extraction that started with gold and silver.
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