Indians beyond Hollywood
Temporary exhibition presented from June 29, 2018 to December 22, 2019
Indians Beyond Hollywood is an amazing exhibition on the image of Indigenous Peoples in popular culture divided into three zones. In the first one, are presented the images of Indigenous people invented and conveyed by 20th century cinema, especially in the Westerns of the first half of the century, while a stereotypical iconography of the “Indian” is being set up: the Indian noble, Indian traitor, Indian princess. The second zone illustrates how these stereotypical images, broadcasted by Hollywood movies, are found everywhere around us, and this, from childhood. Consumer products display images of feathered Indians, also toys, inspired by cinema and popular TV shows. It brings together a profusion of familiar caricatures, to highlight their recurring presence. The visitor will find an abundance of objects showing a “kitsch” iconography of Indians. Finally, the third zone addresses the subject from an actual point of view. Following what he saw in the two previous zones, the visitor discovers, from an Indigenous point of view, how this long history now brings First Nations people to speak, to reclaim their own cultural image and to denounce the misuse of their image so that the generalization and stereotypes still conveyed today will cease.
In resume, the exhibition hopes for a better understanding and a greater knowledge of the actual realities of the First Nations, thus contributing to the process of reconciliation and rapprochement between cultures, and aims to create a place for exchanges between non-native and Native people.