Indigenous Movie Monsters
The exhibition is proudly presented by A Space Gallery and imagineNATIVE.
As the season changes and the nights get longer, look out for the Indigenous Movie Monsters! As part of his clever, whimsical series, multimedia artist Jay Soule, aka CHIPPEWAR, indigenizes the classic horror movie poster. In a subversive nod to the overwrought and simplistic roles Indigenous peoples and cultures have played in the horror genre, Soule places Indigenous people and imagery at its front and centre.
This showcase presents four works in the Monsters series featuring such fictional stars as Honey Featherheart and Max Thunderbird. Transcending their obvious humour, each work offers a genre-specific commentary on the representation of Indigenous peoples on the silver screen in the early decades of cinema. The Monsters themselves are visual reminders of Hollywood’s treatment of Indigenous bodies and cultures on screen; their images “remix" an era where Indigenous people were cast as cinematic “monsters" of a different sort: Western savages or barely-human primitives. The horror genre itself has emerged as a potent medium for contemporary Indigenous filmmakers to explore and comment on the horrors of colonial disruption to the Indigenous experience. While making this commentary subversively, Soule’s Indigenous Movie Monsters remind us to never be afraid.
Paintings in the Indigenous Movie Monsters series are available for sale. Contact the artist directly via www.chippewar.com