What Was Always Yours and Never Lost

Sep 20, 2019, 7 pm
Sep 21, 2019, 4 pm

Floor 3, Theater

The 2019 Biennial features three weekends of film programming selected by guest curators. What Was Always Yours and Never Lost (September 20–21) is curated by Sky Hopinka. Read the program notes for this screening.

Traversing a wide range of topics and formal strategies, this collection of films deals directly and indirectly with indigeneity. The artists featured assert their identity and presence in the face of—and regardless of—colonial history and outdated traditions of anthropology and ethnography. Their films make space for poetry, beauty, and movement between cosmological and visceral worlds, sometimes blurring the lines between both. These artists claim what was always theirs, and celebrate what was never lost.

This screening will be followed by a conversation with Sky Hopinka and a selection of artists and filmmakers.

Caroline Monnet
Creatura Dada, 2016 

Colectivo Los Ingràvidos
Itzcóatl, 2014 

Thirza Cuthand
2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99, 2015 

Adam Khalil, Zach Khalil, and Jackson Polys
The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets, 2017 

Thirza Cuthand
Just Dandy, 2013 

Caroline Monnet
Gephyrophobia, 2012 

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
Impresiones para una maáquina de luz y sonido (Impressions of a Sound and Light Machine), 2014 

Caroline Monnet
Mobilize, 2015 

James Luna
The History of the Luiseño People, 1993

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 students, seniors, and visitors with disabilities; free for members). Capacity is limited; visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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