Ehren BEARwitness Thomas

2008, 04:47 minutes, colour, English


My self portrait BrokeDickDog uses footage from Hollywood movies to tell a story about my identity as seen through the square eyes of the television screen. I sample characters and lines from movies that can be considered racist and stereotypical but my connection to these characters transcends reactionary criticism and digs into the sub strata of aboriginal caricatures by re-editing the images to tell my story. My re-contextualized movie Indian is super-imposed via the window of a moving train as I sleep and dream, wearing a hoodie with the Iroquois Hiawatha wampum belt on the front. The revamped movie images now play above my head, much like a comic-book thought bubble.

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