Native Artist Series- “Through the Repellent Fence” with artist Raven Chacon

Monday, Mar 9, 2020 5:30 – 7 pm

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Fine and Applied Arts
500 E Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820

School of Art & Design, Room 331

Join us for a free screening of the 2017 film, “Through the Repellent Fence,” directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas followed by a conversation with Raven Chacon (Diné Nation), former member of the artist collective Postcommodity and Dustin Tahmahkera (Comanche Nation), Interim Director and Associate Professor, American Indian Studies.

Film Description | Through the Repellent Fence on IMDB

Follow the creation of a two-mile long ephemeral art installation by Native Americans artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist, known as “Postcommodity.” Their piece “Repellent Fence” installs floating balloons north and south of the border to represent a metaphorical “stitching” together of the United States and Mexico.

This film was aired on television in April 2018 as part of the documentary series America Reframed.

About the Native Artist Series

Initiated in 2020, the KAM Native Artist Series connects contemporary Native artists and their practice to KAM exhibitions, collections, and research and dovetails with curricula for undergraduate and graduate students across campus. The series offers public lectures, performances, and sustain engagement with students through studio visits, classroom workshops, and informal conversations at Native American House, American Indian Studies, and the museum. The series is designed for critical reflection and will present a vibrant and complex set of discussions around contemporary Native American visual culture.


Image: Still from Through the Repellent Fence, 2017.