Through the Repellent Fence
with director Sam Wainwright Douglas
Through the Repellent Fence follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context.” Aided by the communities on both sides of the border, in 2015 the artists installed a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the “open eye” that has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years.
The film provides an intimate glimpse into the arduous process behind creating an ambitious artwork that will give voice to the shared history and enduring culture of Indigenous societies that have made the region their home for thousands of years before a border ever divided it. Scenes with other artists and intellectuals working in the land art realm provide context and insight as well.
DOCUMENTARY, USA, 2017
DIRECTED BY SAM WAINRIGHT DOUGLAS
RUNNING TIME: 74 MINS