The Native and The Refugee

How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture?

The Native and The Refugee How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture? | Events Calendar
Photograph of cinematographer Silvino Santos, in Albert W. Stevens "Exploring the Valley of the Amazon in a Hydroplane: Twelve Thousand Miles of Flying Over the World's Greatest River and Greatest Forest to Chart the Unknown Parima River from the Sky." National Geographic Magazine Apr. 1926.

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As part of e-flux journal’s SUPERCOMMUNITY issue #65 for the 56th Venice Biennale, e-flux will host a series of events expanding on the issue’s theme section Apocalypsis, guest-edited by Pedro Neves Marques.

Some days it is hard to believe Atlantic currents haven’t yet stalled, that logging and mining has not yet ended the Amazon, that there is still non-GMO food on our plates, or that the brain waves of elephants and dolphins haven’t yet been transcoded into a human language, that one can’t yet communicate with one’s own enzymes—tell them everything will be all right, after all they’re definitely winning the battle of mutation.

Everywhere we look, nature is a mess, both materially and conceptually. Unavoidably, as its optimal mirror, culture is not faring much better. This fuzziness between nature and culture may very well prove instrumental for a new evolutionary phase of technocapital in its trajectory towards an animated, hybrid future of global engineering. But it is also testing the limits of the modern anthropocentric system of knowledge, questioning who and what is emerging from the ecological debris of so-called progress as a political subject.

This event program has been organized in collaboration with Mariana Silva and Arnaud Gerspacher, without whose discussions it would certainly not have been possible.


The Native and The Refugee
Thursday, June 11th 7:30pm

Join us for a screening and debate of The Native and The Refugee, a film and multimedia project bridging the Pine Ridge Indian reservation of the Oglala Lakota, the Akwesasne territory of the Mohawks, and the Navajo Nation of the Dine, with militancy in Palestine and Lebanon. Filming, screening, and debating its films in both geographies, The Native and The Refugee profiles the reservation and the refugee camp as spaces of exception: contested sites polarized by a State imposed naturalization of peoples and their struggles for land and autonomy.

The Native and The Refugee (Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny, with Adam Khalil and Brandon Jourdan)
Audra Simpson, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press).

SUPERCOMMUNITY is a special issue of e-flux journal commissioned for All The World’s Futures—the 56th International Art Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia. Issue no. 65 spans from May to September with one piece of writing released each day including poetry, short fiction, plays and screenplays, and other epistolary forms by nearly one hundred authors. Under the SUPERCOMMUNITY umbrella there are several sub-themes developed by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, and Anton Vidokle in collaboration with a number of guest editors including Raqs Media Collective, Natasha Ginwala, Pedro Neves Marques, Boris Groys, Tom Holert, and Coco Fusco.

Some say that our most recent stage of planetary evolution—our current geological epoch—is distinguished mainly by the permanently destructive effects of human industry on the biosphere, in species extinction, deforestation, pollution, radiation, and so on. Which is to say that humanity can no longer be taken as the solution to anything. On the contrary, and from the perspective of the earth, humanity looks increasingly like the problem. Strangely, humans may be eradicated soon, but at the same time this scenario understands humanity as more supremely powerful than at any time since the Enlightenment.
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