Critical Writing Index

Reappropriating Redskins: Pellerossasogna (Red Skin Dream): Shelley Niro at the 50th La Biennale Di Venezia

by Nancy Marie Mithlo

Visual Anthropology Review, Fall 2004, v. 20, no. 2, pp. 22-35

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004

This article examines the Indigenous Art Action Alliance's exhibit at the 2003 edition of the Venice Biennale, entitled Pellerossasogna [Red Skin Dream]. The author places particular focus on Shelley Niro's film The Shirt, which was a part of that exhibit. Said piece uses indigenous strategies of humour, parody, and camp to critique the touristic gaze of colonialism and invert it as a means of deconstructing stereotypes regarding the indigenous community. Concurrently, Mithlo's essay also analyzes how both stereotypical signifiers such as mascots and documentary images that have been historically situated help to perpetuate racism amongst the dominant culture.

ITEM 2004.172 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The ShirtShelley Niro

Pellerossasogna [Red Skin Dream]Indigenous Art Action Alliance (IA3)

Our SymbolsNora Naranjo-Morse

Just Because You Wear Feathers in Your Hair, Don’t Make You an IndianLaura Fragua

Honey MoccasinShelley Niro

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