September 16 – December 22, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 15, 6–10pm
Esker Foundation, Calgary
‘A Very Long Line’ by artist collective Postcommodity is an immersive four-channel video installation comprised of four screens of moving images, featuring desert landscapes, that are framed by the constant presence of a fence.
Viewed from the perspective of what appears to be a moving car, the video has a disorienting effect. This sense of unease is heightened by a discordant soundtrack, a composition created by the artists from objects and improvised hacked instruments. Shot along a portion of the border ‘fence’ between Douglas, Arizona, USA and Agua Prieta in Sonora, Mexico we see variations of the fence with its surrounding neighbourhoods and landscapes – although it is not clear which side we are viewing from and to. Beyond documenting a section of the US-Mexico border, A Very Long Line captures the deep complexity of border-related issues, with its varied pacing and uncomfortable noise, it acts as a metaphor, critiquing, and asking questions on colonization and contemporary culture.
“A Very Long Line demonstrates the dehumanizing and polarizing constructs of nationalism and globalization through which borders and trade policies have been fabricated. The border “fence,” irrespective of the complex indigeneity of peoples from the region it occupies, is a very long filter of bodies and goods — a mediator of imperialism, violence, market systems, and violence capitalism.” – Postcommodity
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective founded in 2007 and comprised of three indigenous artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. Based in the US Southwest the artists live between Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Phoenix. Known for their multimedia installations and performances, the collective works within the borderlands, capturing the areas complex history and presenting a contemporary counter narrative to the simplistic ideological views of the border.
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