Conversation: This Is A Stereotype

Art Beat Conversations 20th Episode!!!!

The format get's shifted a bit for this celebratory episode. Listen in on a conversation from the creators of This Is A Stereotype, an artistic narrative film project about possible causes and effects surrounding Indigenous identity. 

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More about This Is A Stereotype:

This Is A Stereotype is a film motivated from an exhibition by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger and further inspired by the filmmaker Dylan McLaughlin and creative collaborator Ginger Dunnill.

Luger's body of work, Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in 2013. This exhibition used sculpture and sound to address several preconceived notions of Native Americans supported by popular culture. At the end of his exhibition, Luger 'let go' of the ceramic boom-box vessels which embodied various Native American stereotypes, destroying them as a form of performance activism.

Luger felt it would be interesting to allow further dialogue through the medium of film, and began to work with McLaughlin and Dunnill on forming an additional body of work that would socially engage the public in an artistic narrative about possible causes and effects surrounding Indigenous identity. After receiving full funding for the project through Kickstarter, This Is A Stereotype has graduated into it's own unique body of work created collectively by Luger, McLaughlin and Dunnill.

The project is compiled of historical footage sourced from the Archives of the Institute of American Indian Arts "Native American Video Tape Archive, 1976" juxtaposed with imagery and interviews from contemporary artists, scholars and activists from across the United States. This Is A Stereotype invites the viewer to become an active participant in society, thinking critically when making decisions regarding culture and appropriation.

Learn more about the project at: www.thisisastereotype.com

Join the conversation on the This Is A Stereotype FACEBOOK PAGE