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“Unappropriated Beauty” is a poster ad campaign tackling the issue of cultural appropriation in a non-accusatory, educational way. These adverts are size-compatible to fit in different settings, including bus shelters, billboards, mobile devices, and magazines. The goal of this project is to educate the consumers of appropriative media so that they are better equipped to decide for themselves what is and what is not cultural appropriation, and therefore lowering the tolerance for appropriation being applauded in the media.
We conceived of this project in 2013 and have been filming for over a year. This has included filming the 2014 rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the 2015 Chiefs rally. Additionally, we have worked with a variety of other individuals to gain as many interviews as possible. Our documentary focuses on the controversial Washington team name: the R*dskins. To produce this documentary, we have established Black Tongue Dakota Films. The name is derived from the name of our father’s drum group and is a way for us to continue the tradition. Continue reading
A fantasy withers in the sunlight of realism. But as long as realism is held at bay, the fantasy can remain satisfying to an enormous audience. More than a hundred million people have watched the Coldplay video since it was posted at the end of January.
Are we then to cry “appropriation” whenever a Westerner approaches a non-Western subject? Quite the contrary: Some of the most insightful stories about any place can be told by outsiders. I have, for instance, seen few documentary series as moving and humane as “Phantom India,” released in 1969 by the French auteur Louis Malle. Mary Ellen Mark, not Indian herself, did extraordinary work photographing prostitutes in Mumbai. Non-Indians have made images that capture aspects of the endlessly complicated Indian experience, just as have Indian photographers like Ketaki Sheth, Sooni Taraporevala, Raghu Rai and Richard Bartholomew.
Art is always difficult, but it is especially difficult when it comes to telling other people’s stories.
via A Too-Perfect Picture | The New York Times