Bear Witness

Bear Witness is a multimedia artist, DJ and filmmaker of the Cayuga Six Nations. He remixes appropriated images and sound to create video assemblages, exploring stereotypical representations of Aboriginal people in North American media and popular culture. He re-edits these images — many of them taken from Hollywood blockbuster films — to create new narratives representing his experiences as an urban Aboriginal artist. Bear Witness does not propose a pedantic critique of “white man’s” vision of the “red man,” but an iconoclastic reclamation and recontextualization of Aboriginal imagery.

Bear Witness has exhibited his work across Canada and in Berlin, and was the recipient of Ottawa’s Golden Cherry Award for Video Artist of the Year in 2008. He is co-founder of A Tribe Called Red, a Native DJ collective who host a monthly event called Electric Pow Wow.

Image: Bear Witness and Jackson 2 Bears, performance still, 2012. Photo by Melissa Baker, Vancouver Art Gallery.