THEATRUM ORBIS TERRARUM (THEATRE OF THE WORLD)
Named after the first modern European world atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World) consists of four videos projected sequentially onto four white globes. Activating archival material from maps, illustrations, paintings, photographs, videos, and audio, Mohawk artist Alan Michelson examines and challenges colonial narratives of discovery and conquest from a Haudenosaunee perspective. Incorporating music as well as the words of Mohawk activists Richard Oakes, leader of the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz, and Ellen Gabriel, spokesperson during the 1990 Kanien’kehá:ka Resistance (“Oka Crisis”), Theatrum is a powerful display of 500 years of Indigenous resistance.
artist webpage: https://www.alanmichelson.com/