Indigenous Short-film Screening

Thursday, July 4th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Soul Center for the Arts (within Castello D’Alberts Museum of World Cultures)

Corso Dogali 18, 16136 Genova

Short-films and documentaries created by Jaque Fragua, Michael Begay, and Frederick Belize will be shown at Soul Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 4th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. These works will help to bolster the current exhibition shown in Soul Center for the Arts, entitled, “Landscapes from Within.”

JAGUA FRAGUA (Jemez Pueblo) is currently exhibiting photographs at Soul Center for the Arts and held an artist performance in Genova last month. The footage used to complete Fragua’s short-film, entitled, Operation Wigwam is a capture of one of the many street pieces that he has done in the past decade. The piece is a pictorial graffiti work of a teepee style icon which has been usurped by mainstream narratives to explain a type of housing that all Native Americans live in. While this is certainly not true, it is an icon that represents enemy territory and removable architecture. There are hotels that also use the aesthetics of a wigwam to entice travel and the economy of the non-Native tourist.

MICHAEL R.L. BEGAY (Santo Domingo Pueblo and Diné) is currently attending IAIA where he is working on a BFA in cinematic arts and technology, with an emphasis on directing, editing, and photography direction. He is a graduate of both Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and Haskell Indian Nations University, where he earned a degree in media communications. A multidisciplinary artist, Begay has received numerous awards for his work in both film and art. Begay’s film, entitled, Lightning Boy combines a culturally based storyline, special effects, and a notable acting performance from award-winning poet and writer Vivian Mary Carroll. Lightning Boy received the 2019 TCJ Student Best Film Award and will be present at the Pocahontas Reframed “Storytellers” Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia in 2020.

SHIYÉ BIDZÍÍL (Hunkpapa Lakota and Diné) spent two years at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he studied communications, production, and film. Bidzííl considers himself to be a drone environmental activist and documented the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement at the Oceti Sakowin Camp on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota in 2016. During this movement, members of diverse First Nations tribes met, gathered, and stood together to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NODAPL). Drone footage became an important tool for documenting the scope of protest activities and the extreme use of force employed by authorities against protesters. Footages were posted online and oftentimes were the only way people could follow what was happening on the ground in real time. 

Support for this exhibition and event was provided by The Jaques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The Hancock Family Trust, and The Endeavor Foundation. Operational support was also provided by U.S. Consular Agency of Genova and the Commune di Genova, and Castello D’Albertis.

Michael R.L. Begay

Shiyé Bidzííl