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Looking for the Perfect Landscape

Join the France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX) for the showing of Etienne de France’s video project, “Looking for the Perfect Landscape,” on November 5th at the Echo Park Film Center.

Etienne de France is a Franco-Icelandic artist  focusing on visual art and film-making. He studied at the University of Paris and the Iceland Academy of Arts. His video project created in consultation with the Autry Museum of the American West explores the life of Jamahke, a young Mohave artist in Parker, Arizona. Etienne de France uses film to show how Jamahke honors his Mohave heritage by learning and practicing traditional Bird Songs which, according to Jamahke, provide spiritual maps and journeys through his ancestral lands.

In an interview with FLAX Program Director and Curator, Anna Milone, Etienne de France expressed that he was influenced to make this film by his own research and other film projects that explored Native American culture. As mentioned, Etienne de France focusses on the Mohave people and specifically spoke to them about their land within the desert and along the Colorado River. Overall, Etienne de France is mainly interested in how this land is a “constant struggle,” meaning how this land has been degraded by colonial customs over several centuries that destroyed everything considered culturally significant and even sacred to the indigenous people, like the Mohave people, who lived there before.

The film showing will be followed by a Q&A with Anna Milone.

 

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