Extractions parallels resource extraction with the booming child apprehension industry. As the filmmaker reviews how these industries have affected her, she reflects on having her own eggs retrieved and frozen to make an Indigenous baby.
NDN Survival Trilogy
TJ Cuthand | 2018 - 2019 | TRT 37:48
About this program:
Video Data Bank is pleased to present the NDN Survival Trilogy, comprised of TJ Cuthand's Extractions (2019), Less Lethal Fetishes (2019), and Reclamation (2018). The videos take on: artwashing and feeling complicit, Indigenous resistance to colonization, the recovery of land, and the healing of colonized lands and peoples. Often autobiographical in nature, Cuthand's works merge a DIY sensibility with compelling critique in order to address resource extraction and climate change through his Indigiqueer experience.
“[Cuthand's storytelling marks] an elder-in-training, a modern sex-positive sage who does not shy away from topics of mental health, reproduction, queerness and the environment and how these all intersect with Indigeneity.”
– Karina Griffith, Berlin Art Link
TJ Cuthand is a Plains Cree/Scots filmmaker born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and who grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 he has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, queer identity and love, and Indigeneity. Get to know more about Cuthand and his work and practice in VDB Asks... TJ Cuthand.
The NDN Survival Trilogy is available here for institutional screenings and educational collections.
Grappling with a latent gas mask fetish, in Less Lethal Fetishes Cuthand muses on art world political controversies, toxic emissions from the petrochemical industry, and complicity in repression and pollution as an artist enmeshed in an art and film industry propped up by dirty funders.
Reclamation is a documentary-style imagining of a post-dystopian future in Canada after massive climate change, wars, pollution, and the after-effects of the large-scale colonial project which has now destroyed the land. When Indigenous people are left behind after a massive exodus by primarily privileged white settlers who have moved to Mars, the original inhabitants of the land cope by trying to restore and rehabilitate the beautiful planet they belong to.