Native Artist Series —"Through the Repellent Fence" with artist Raven Chacon

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Movie Poster for "Through the Repellent Fence," 2017. 74 min, color. Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas. Depicting a landscape with yellow and red balloons installed along the US-Mexico border.
"Through the Repellent Fence," 2017. 74 min, color. Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas.
Mar 9, 2020 - 5:30 pm
School of Art + Design, Room 331
Supported in part by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Art + Design Visitors Committee, Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artist Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts. The Native Artist Series is produced in partnership with American Indian Studies, Native American House, the School of Art + Design, and the School of Music. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

Join us for a free screening of the 2017 film, "Through the Repellent Fence," directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas followed by a conversation with Raven Chacon (Diné Nation), former member of the artist collective Postcommodity and Dustin Tahmahkera (Comanche Nation), Interim Director and Associate Professor, American Indian Studies.

Film Description | Through the Repellent Fence on IMDB

Follow the creation of a two-mile long ephemeral art installation by Native Americans artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist, known as "Postcommodity." Their piece "Repellent Fence" installs floating balloons north and south of the border to represent a metaphorical "stitching" together of the United States and Mexico.

This film was aired on television in April 2018 as part of the documentary series America Reframed.


About the Native Artist Series

Initiated in 2020, the KAM Native Artist Series connects contemporary Native artists and their practice to KAM exhibitions, collections, and research and dovetails with curricula for undergraduate and graduate students across campus. The series offers public lectures, performances, and sustain engagement with students through studio visits, classroom workshops, and informal conversations at Native American House, American Indian Studies, and the museum. The series is designed for critical reflection and will present a vibrant and complex set of discussions around contemporary Native American visual culture.