Brian Jungen, Shapeshifter, 2000.

Jungen is a British Columbian artist of mixed European and Aboriginal background. He created a series of monumental whale skeleton sculptures made of cheap acrylic lawn chairs. Apparently the whale represented, to Jungen, museums’ fascination with Native art as being exotic and Other. He saw some parallel between the treatment of whale skeletons and the displays of native culture - treated as something that is otherworldly and beautiful but something that is segregated away from what is designated ‘normal’. It underlines issues of race and culture in museum displays and the ways in which we fetishize Native art.

(Submitted by icanseethecntower)

 

Posted on January 22 2012, with 218 Notes

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    I remember walking around under one of his whale skeletons in the ROM a few years ago. It was pretty breath-taking.
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    I would argue that museums fetishise everything within them, not only Native art. A museum’s raison d’etre is...
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