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ERIC Number: EJ782695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Uneasy Terrain: Image, Text, Landscape, and Contemporary Indigenous Artists in the United States
Ohnesorge, Karen
American Indian Quarterly, v32 n1 p43-69 Win 2008
Like many contemporary Indigenous artists in the United States, Flathead artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith seeks to clarify existing relationships among race, place, and economics as well as to create new relationships. In particular, she and her peers combine image and text to interrogate the genre of landscape painting as a stage for fantasies of racialized white manifest destiny. These artists require viewers to don, as Quick-to-See Smith puts it, a "cultural-turning-around headset" to engage with "a different way of thinking" ("Interview Transcript") about the place "they" call "their" "homeland." Their verbal-pictorial critique of the hegemony of American landscape art draws on two phenomena: first, landscape's historical support of colonialist efforts to displace Indigenous peoples, and, second, the widespread but undertheorized practice among artists and writers of color of fusing image and text to refute racism. In this article, the author explicates these phenomena as a preface to a discussion of several works by Quick-to-See Smith, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, and Charlene Teters. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Language: English
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