The Pure

1993, 59:03 minutes, colour, english


A visual essay about our attention to and reverence for the authentic and culturally pure, in which our own history and of other cultures not contaminated by "the modern" is explored. It examines a view which elevates cultural authenticity while simultaneously devaluing it as quaint, primitive, and pre-modern. This view encompasses not only the primitive and the exotic, but influences our beliefs about time, space, science, nature, art, culture and history.

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