As part of the Fictive Witness series, created by artists Tali Keren and Alex Strada, Native Studies scholar Shari Huhndorf will present Monuments, Memory, and the Art of Indigenous History. U.S. monuments, including those of U.S. presidents, create celebratory national narratives premised on Indigenous erasure, the obliteration from national memory of violent conquest in the past as well as ongoing Indigenous presence. After exploring this history, Shari Huhndorf will consider how Native artists revise official histories to counter Indigenous erasure and assert contemporary claims in the context of such recent events as the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Contests over the meaning of the past, as these artworks reveal, are also contests over land and political power in the present. This lecture-performance will be followed by a talk-back.
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Location & Time:
December 12, 3 PM
Online via Zoom