What does it mean to come from somewhere?
A program of short films by the California-based artist Fox Maxy (Ipai Kumeyaay and Payómkawichum)
About this Event
What does it mean to come from somewhere? - Films by Fox Maxy
(2018-2020, USA, digital, approx 70 min)
This program of short films by the California-based artist Fox Maxy (Ipai Kumeyaay and Payómkawichum) offers a prismatic and timely vision of the artist’s home state, viewed through the lens of Indigenous identity and culture. Drawing on the visual language of Instagram and the associative logic of experimental montage, Maxy imagines strategies of knowing and caring for the land–and for resisting the forces of colonialism and extraction that threaten it. Recent works like SAN DIEGO (2020) explicitly address the impacts of COVID-19 on Native communities, asking how social media can play a role in maintaining bonds threatened by isolation and incursion. Following the screening, Maxy will appear for a discussion of their work, joined by filmmaker, photographer, and University of Chicago postdoctoral fellow in Anthropology, Teresa Montoya (Diné).
The films and discussion will be streamed live at 7pm CDT on 11/5, and will be available for 24 hours afterward through the Block’s Vimeo page.
ABOUT THE FILMS:
CALIFORNIA GIRLS (2018, 8 min)
A profile of artist Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of Lake Havasu), whose work centers the experiences of Indigenous women. Reclaiming practices of California Native markmaking, Adams’ work celebrates traditional facial tattoos, the women who bear them with pride, and the sharing of Indigenous knowledge throughout the state.
SAN DIEGO (2020, 30 min)
At once a snapshot and a composite, SAN DIEGO assembles a web of footage from dozens of sources, including archival videos, drone footage, cameraphone recordings, and screen captures, to form a bold and unconventional statement about Indigenous safety in the face of colonialism and pandemic.
MAAT MEANS LAND (2020, 30 min)
The act of filming daily life becomes a radical act of reclamation in this free-roaming California landscape film. Distorted images of border walls, fences, and security guards openly confront the territorial logic of the colonizer, while Maxy’s boundary-defying montage mocks the very notion of delineation between sources, genres, and authorial voices.
About the participants:
Fox Maxy is Ipai Kumeyaay & Payómkawichum from San Diego, CA. They direct, act, write, & operate cameras. Fox comes from a fashion production background and spent nearly a decade in NY. Now they work in LA, focusing on balancing film and cultural work.
Teresa Montoya is a social scientist and media maker trained in socio-cultural anthropology, critical Indigenous studies, and filmmaking.
Her current manuscript project, Permeable: Diné Politics of Extraction and Exposure, approaches territorial dispossession and environmental contamination in and around the Navajo Nation as pervasive features of contemporary Indigenous life. Themes of toxicity and settler colonialism interrogated in her writing are also central to her ongoing media projects in photography and filmmaking. She is Diné and a citizen of the Navajo Nation.
MAIN IMAGE CREDIT: still from MAAT MEANS LAND (2020), courtesy of the artist.
Co-presented by The Block Museum of Art with support from the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University.