From an Indigenous embodiment of knowledge and cosmologies, artists Benvenuto Chavajay, Sandra Monterroso, Ángel Poyón, Fernando Poyón and Antonio Pichillá critique coloniality as they observe and live it in contemporary Guatemala. —Kency Cornejo
With the States of Postcoloniality series, FUSE set out to engage the roles of artists and the arts in a global politics of decolonization. With this issue, we are concerned with art’s contribution to Indigenous sovereignty in the North.
Issue 35-2 Contributors: Jackie Price; Vanessa Dion Fletcher; Lucas Ittulak; Ravi de Costa; Art and Cold Cash; Agata Durkalec; Heather Iloliorte and Billy Gauthier; Mark Igloliorte; Anna Hudson; Amy Zion; Chris Gehman; Bart Gazzola; Amy Fung
The word “occupy” has understandably ignited criticism from Indigenous people as having deeply colonial implications. Its use erases the brutal history of genocide that settler societies have been built on. This is not simply a rhetorical or fringe point; it is a profound and indisputable matter of fact that this land is already occupied. —Harsha Walia
No Reading After the Internet has invited FUSE to co-present their November salon, which will feature research material from FUSE’s upcoming issue. Through group reading and discussion, we will consider the current “Occupy” movement in relation to colonial dynamics in Canada.
November 2 2011, 7PM @ LIFT (1137 Dupont, Toronto)
Putting together a shortlist of some of our favourites so far, not limited to Canada…
FUSE is seeking visual and/or written critical responses to the racism of the “Occupy movement” (we’re especially but not exclusively focusing on the ways that language of “occupation” obscures the fact that North America is built on stolen land). If you or your colleagues are writing about this and can get us a draft of a 1,000-2,000 word text in the next week for publication in our December issue (final copy due November 7), please get in touch ASAP and let me know what you’ve got on deck. Write to editor AT fusemagazine DOT org and put OCCUPY in the subject heading.
Excerpted from Memorandum, an artist’s project by Greg Staats (2001) reprinted in “Performing Politics”: “It has been brought to our attention that the number of dogs on Indian Reserves has been increasing at a rate far beyond the capacity of this Department or the Indians to administer them.”
I’m drawn to this short piece by Lee Maracle from 1992 because it highlights some of the key criticisms of the term postcolonial. Perhaps the most problematic implications of the term itself stem from the fact that it implies colonization is a…
Welcome to the new FUSE blog series featuring material from our archives! Over the coming months, we’ll be rolling out posts that consider the political relevance and aesthetic import of historical articles and projects from FUSE.