Nelson Henricks

1988, 28:00 minutes, colour, B&W, English


Legend consists of a series of nine related segments which convey a non-linear narrative using techniques drawn from poetry, folk songs, and traditional story-telling. The videotape functions as a list of the factors that contribute to the formation of one's identity, such as nationalism, the family, society, memory and mass media and so on. These themes are dealt with through a number of metaphors which focus on maps, photography, landscape and the notion of the journey. Reference is also made to both popular culture and fine art, specifically; portrait and landscape painting. The tape is meant to function on two levels; one trying to determine an individual's identity, while the other attempts to locate a regional or national identity.

La bande vidéo Legend comprend neuf épisodes, racontant une histoire pour le moins fragmentée
par le recours à des techniques tirées de la poésie, de la musique folklorique et des contes traditionels. Par cette bande, nous tentons de représenter les éléments qui contribuent à la formation de nos identitéspersonelles (par example: le nationalisme, la famille, la société, la mémoire, les mass media, etc.) Ces thèmes sont traités par le biais de plusieurs métaphores, dont les cartes géographiques, la photographie, le paysage et la notion mythique du voyage. Nous faisons aussi appel à la culture populaire et aux portraits. Cette bande a été conçue afin que deux niveaux se superposent, l'un essayant de déterminer en quoi consiste l'identité individuelle et l'autre tentant de cerner ce qu'est l'identité régionale ou nationale.

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Critical Writing

Noise Under the Tongue: A Review of Nelson Henricks' Video Work:...
by Sylvie Gilbert. Walter Phillips Gallery, Feb. 2, 1990. Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1990.
La Vidéo Dans le monde: De la vidéo-outil à la vidéo-icône
by Jean Tourangeau. Les yeux fertiles: Bilan cinématographique et vidéographique 1989, 1989. Montréal: Les herbes rouge, 1989.
Nelson Henricks
by Donna McAlear. Elemental Instincts : a matter of course, 1988. Clagary, Alberta: The Nickle Arts Museum, 1988.