Through The Repellent Fence
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
Free screening to follow a Q+A with the director
Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct the Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context.” Aided by the communities on both sides of the border, the artists in 2015 installed a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres. The spheres were emblazoned with an insignia known as the “open eye,” which has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years. The spheres were evenly spaced and extended north and south of the border a mile in each direction.
The film provides an intimate glimpse into the arduous process behind creating an ambitious artwork intended to give voice to the shared history and enduring culture of Indigenous societies who made the region their home before a border ever divided it.
Through The Repellent Fence is an adventure in the artistic process blended with a road trip of discovery. It is directed and edited by Sam Wainwright Douglas.
For more information about the film, click here.