Indigenous-Focused Exhibition Debuts at MOCAD

A collective of artists present ‘Crimes Against Reality,’ an exhibition that uses film and performance art to spotlight the Indigenous perspective.

Crimes Against Reality

A new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit presents video art through an Indigenous perspective in Crimes Against Reality, the debut exhibition by New Red Order, a collective of artists who refer to themselves as a “public secret society dedicated to examining desires for indigeneity.” 

This group of Indigenous artists – led by core contributors Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys – worked collaboratively with other artists and “accomplices” across film, installation and performance art for the exhibition.

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Taking place across two of the museum’s galleries, Crimes Against Reality centers on video art, specifically exploring experimental media and emerging technologies to make powerful critiques of colonialism and harmful “nostalgic” stereotypes of Indigenous people.

It’s the latest piece to be featured in MOCAD’s new Unboxing series, an ongoing display of video and performance work. Along with videos are several captivating sculptures and installations that act as companions to the films. Together they engage the viewer, drawing them deeper into the experience.

The exhibition ends a tumultuous summer for the museum, which saw the ousting of its former executive director. Originally scheduled to open in July, it was postponed by the artists until MOCAD pledged to address the lasting effects of settler colonialism in their own institution.

The museum’s board agreed to enact several measures including changes to the board and staff, and an Indigenous community council and land acknowledgement.

Open through Jan. 10, 2021

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