by any other name (2008, 3 min, 16mm/ video, color)
Through found footage re-enacting Spanish colonialism and with imagery of sloths held captive in a zoo, by any other name quietly interrogates the historical trajectory of the act of naming and its relationship to meaning. Indigenous to South America but named by western imperialism, sloth the animal becomes a metaphor in the film for indigenous persons of the same continent. Would these slow-moving, peaceful herbivores and subjugated peoples everywhere throughout time, by any other name, be anything other than animal or human?
“The Animal in Me” at The Flickering Light, Philadelphia PA, 2009
ANIMANIMAL/ MAMMAL/ MANIMAL at Brooklyn NY, 2008