“Taking a statistical approach to the underreported issue of systemic injustice directed at the Native American community in modern-day America, New York based, Saudi born filmmaker Mohammed Hammad’s revelatory documentary American Arithmetic adapts Native educator and poet Natalie Diaz’s original poem for screen as part of season 8 of non-profit arts initiative Motionpoems. Making its online premiere here today, DN asked Mohammed to share how he created this intimate look at a community of organizers reclaiming land and culture, whose lives have all too often …
Motionpoems, in partnership with Metro Transit and other institutions TBA, presents MoVA, the Museum of Virtual Art, an app-based augmented reality museum of bigger-than-museum art, viewable only while riding the light rail system in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
MoVA is coming in Summer 2019.
Early support for MoVA comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and, The McKnight Foundation, and the St. Paul Cultural Star program.
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From the MacArthur Foundation:
“Natalie Diaz is a poet blending personal, political, and cultural references in works that challenge the systems of belief underlying contemporary American culture. She connects her own experiences as a Mojave American and Latina woman to widely recognized cultural and mythological touchstones, creating a personal mythology that viscerally conveys the oppression and violence that continue to afflict Indigenous Americans in a variety of forms.
In her first collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), Diaz reflects on her brother’s …
After being shortlisted for the Cannes Lions this summer, “Boy Saint” won top honors for Best Film at this fall’s Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin from 1,200 submissions and 66 competing films. Wow!
Many congratulations to filmmaker Tom Speers and poet Peter LaBerge, as well as our Season 8 producer Claire McGirr.
Thursday, September 20, 2018: Inspired by the Women’s March of 2017, the latest season of Motionpoems takes a hard and honest look at our current state of political and social affairs, focusing on themes of racism, immigration, judicial system reform, and more. When so much of our public discourse is fraught with difficulty, these 12 films assert the basic humanity behind the issues with dignity, thoughtfulness, urgency and grace, showing us the critical potential of what arts and culture can be.