A VERY LONG LINE
- Postcommodity Video Still from A Very Long Line, 2015
Postcommodity A VERY LONG LINE
Apr 29 – Jun 19, 2016 // spector ripps project space
A Very Long Line by artist collective Postcommodity is a four-channel, immersive video installation designed for CCA’s spector ripps project space. Moving imagery of fences bordering the Arizona and Mexico high desert span all four walls of the gallery with varying speed. Seen from the perspective of a car passenger seat, the landscape is reminiscent of scenes from a Southwest road trip. Shrubby plants and red soil zoom by as they are framed by the gaps in the border fence. It is unclear which side of the border the video was taken, as the scenery is continuous on both sides of the fence.
Postcommodity’s site-responsive works amplify a shared 21st century indigenous perspective. With A Very Long Line, the collective explores the imposed restriction on ancient routes of travel and trade, indigenous diaspora, and immigration. The border ‘fence’ is a physical metaphor of the social construct of trade policies, nationalism, and dehumanization of ‘illegal’ immigration. The region in which the video was taken has experienced the moving of borders throughout the centuries, and with each new border came violence and displaced peoples.
“A Very Long Line recognizes all indigenous peoples that are intermeshed in the theater of the contemporary immigration crisis of the Americas – here we (Postcommodity) refer to the historical stewards of the land, and those who are following ancient indigenous trade routes in search of economic opportunity.“ –Postcommodity
About the artist
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence. Postcommodity works to forge new metaphors capable of rationalizing our shared experiences within this increasingly challenging contemporary environment; promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies; and connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere.