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“Citizen of Nowhere”: A Conversation with Interdisciplinary Artist Marcella Ernest—Part 1


By Vivien Greene

Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe), an interdisciplinary film and video artist and a postdoctoral fellow in art history at the University of New Mexico, is currently working on a multimedia video installation, The Indians of Gunflint Lake. The focus of the work, as she describes it, is an “abstract narrative about the land, displacement, and memories.”

In this interview—the first of a three-part series—Ernest discusses her work in progress with Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache), Professor, UCLA Department of Gender Studies, and an Indigenous arts writer and curator, and Guggenheim Senior Curator Vivien Greene.

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