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Visualities 2
More Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art
Echoing and expanding the aims of the first volume, Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art, this second volume contains illuminating global Indigenous visualities concerning First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, Maori, and Sami peoples. This insightful collection of essays explores how identity is created and communicated through Indigenous film-, video-, and art-making; what role these practices play in contemporary cultural revitalization; and how indigenous creators revisit media pasts and resignify dominant discourses through their work. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Visualities Two draws on American Indian studies, film studies, art history, cultural studies, visual culture studies, women’s studies, and postcolonial studies. Among the artists and media makers examined are Tasha Hubbard, Rachel Perkins, and Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas, as well as contemporary Inuit artists and Indigenous agents of cultural production working to reimagine digital and social platforms. Films analyzed include The Exiles, Winter in the Blood, The Spirit of Annie Mae, Radiance, One Night the Moon, Bran Nue Dae, Ngati, Shimásání, and Sami Blood
Subjects: Art
Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
280 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Denise K. Cummings is Associate Professor of Critical Media and Cultural Studies at Rollins College, where she teaches film history, theory, and criticism, critical media and cultural studies, and American and Indigenous literature, culture, and film.

Early Praise

“From decolonization to digital media, Visualities 2 is a broad conversation aware of how art has an impact on actual people in real communities. Indigenous people as readers of film and video by and about ourselves clearly influence these essays and make them richer, deeper, more real.” 
Heid E. Erdrich, author of Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media
“Cummings extends the pathway traveled in the first Visualities, bringing together the best thinkers on world Indigenous and Native American expressions and explorations in visual media. All signs point to Indigenous self-representation as the new ‘authenticated norm’.”
Margo Lukens, editor of Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers and Other Untold Stories: Five Plays by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.
Visualities was such a hit when it premiered that it was only a matter of time until the sequel. Now that it is here—and with an all-star cast to boot—one wonders how we lived without this follow-up for so long. Indigenous art and film have changed dramatically in the last decade, and this new volume is indispensable in charting the field’s widening influence. Part of what makes Visualities 2 so important is its enhanced global perspective to include Maori, First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal Australian artists. Indigenous artists are doing some of the most interesting and most important work in the world right now, especially in regard to representation and resilience. This fine book not only places their work in context but also opens it up to a wider audience.”
Dean Rader, author of Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI

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