LYDIA MOYER | 3.1 – 3.31.2010

reverse cimarron

A reflection on the survival and persistence of the Lakota people as well as the relationship between white and Native Americans. The title refers to a Western, made in 1931, from which the footage of the Oklahoma land rush is appropriated and run backward in a kind of unsettling of the West. The original Cimarron is noted for it’s stereotypical portrayals of Native Americans.


A poetic investigation into the invisibility of loss as it plays out on the landscape of an infamous tragedy, ‘Hyacinth’ was produced in 2008 after a visit to the site of Jonestown, Guyana, where in 1978, over 900 members of the People’s Temple lost or took their own lives in a mass murder-suicide. The word Jonestown is never used in the video in an attempt to separate the narrative of the People’s Temple from its Kool-Aid colored infamy

Atrium Gallery – Western Michigan University

Lydia Moyer is a visual artist and media maker who lives and works in central Virginia. She runs the new media program in the art department at the University of Virginia.


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