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ERIC Number: EJ960104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
(Re)Mapping the Colonized Body: The Creative Interventions of Rebecca Belmore in the Cityscape
Nagam, Julie
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v35 n4 p147-166 2011
The cityscape holds the memories of indigenous bones and bodies that resurrect a deep sense of place that exists in the landscape of the city of Toronto. This deep sense of place is part of a connection to the land and stories of place. In this article, the author bridges the creative work of Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore with the living histories of the indigenous bodies and bones that are buried beneath the ground of the city of Toronto and the city of Vancouver. She argues that Belmore's artwork is part of the living archive that performs cultural memory and employs telling as part of an embodied experience and a political act. Belmore's performance work creates, records, and stores indigenous stories of place. This article uses the ideas of cultural theorists Katherine McKittrick, Mishuana Goeman, and Matthew Sparke. Each of these people brings a different element to theories of the body and space. This article also uses feminist geographers Alison Blunt and Gillian Rose's work in women's colonial geographies to unpack the affects of the map in colonial spaces and the colonial gaze. (Contains 4 figures and 50 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto); Canada (Vancouver)