International 2010 Archives
Andrea Geyer, Spiral Lands
Argos, Brussels (Belgium)
SPIRAL LANDS Chapter 1/ Chapter 2 / Chapter 3 with Simon J. Ortiz
Spiral Lands writes an extensive photographic and textual historiography, drawing out the implications of land and identity in personal experience, traditions, history and ideology to examine critically how these implications frame and determine our (mis)understanding of identity and the contemporary U.S.A today. Taking the context of the Navajo Nation and the surrounding Pueblos (the American Southwest) as an example, the project works itself non-
Spiral Lands/Chapter 2 takes the form of a slide projection piece with a voiceover. This chapter focuses on the role of 'the scholar' or 'the researcher' who for 150 years has fostered an ongoing fascination with the American Southwest. Addressing the western concept of 'landscape' Geyer is pointing to the fact that visualization is and has been always a sophisticated ideological device, revealing as much of what stands behind the camera as what is found in front.
Spiral Lands/Chapter 3 is a collaboration with Simon J. Ortiz, a writer and a professor of Indigenous literature. An ongoing project, Chapter 3 is a document of a dialogue between two people, between text and image, photography and poetry, in which each element independently reaches out to the other.
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Exhibition 27 April – 19 June 2010. Argos Centre for Art & Media, Werfstraat 13 rue du Chantier -