One of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s (NACF) Community Inspiration Project pilots, “Repellent Fence”, will be featured in a documentary scheduled to air on prime-time national television beginning April 24. “Through the Repellent Fence” follows the indigenous artist collective Post Commodity during the process of installing their large-scale temporary monument, “Repellent Fence”.
“Through the Repellent Fence” is a film by Sam Wainwright Douglas that was funded in part by the NACF. The film documents the work of Postcommodity as they work with communities in the border towns of Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Mexico, to develop and construct “Repellent Fence”. The two-mile long land-art installation consisted of 26 tethered balloons, each measuring 10-feet in diameter, spanning across the borders of the U.S. and Mexico. The installation was hoisted in the Sonoma desert to symbolize a metaphorical suture joining the U.S. and Mexico, and the communities of Douglas and Agua Prieta.
“Repellent Fence” was a social collaborative that engaged artists, communities, government agencies and institutional organizations and generated dialogues between stakeholders across borders, diversity and interests. It addressed the complex realities of border experiences for indigenous peoples with the intent of creating a safer, healthier and more culturally appropriate borderlands environment.
Watch “Through the Repellent Fence” to learn more about the work of Post Commodity. The film’s U.S. broadcast premiere is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, at 8:00 pm Eastern (check local stations here). It will be broadcast as part of the new season of the award winning “America Reframed”.