Urban Earthdivers and the Immodest Messiah as Decolonial Worldmakers. The Art of Kent Monkman

Dohmen, Renate (2023). Urban Earthdivers and the Immodest Messiah as Decolonial Worldmakers. The Art of Kent Monkman. Archivo Papers. Journal of Photography and Visual Culture, 3(2) pp. 31–50.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10038040

URL: http://archivopapersjournal.com/ojs/index.php/apj/...

Abstract

The discussion explores the work of Kent Monkman in view of questions of indigeneity in the visual arts by drawing on the concept of the post-Indian created by the Anishinaabe author and theorist Gerald Vizenor and the figure of the urban earthdiver, where he re-imagines the earthdiving trickster of Native American Indian creation myths as mixed-blood contemporary worldmaker and decolonial agent of change. The propositions inherent in the work will be discussed in relation to notions of the post-abyssal and an ecology of knowledges by Boaventura de Sousa Santos and the conception of de-linking as decolonising put forward by Walter Mignolo.

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