Jamison Chas. Banks and “Terrortories”Aug 12th, 2013 | By rrice | Category: Arts & Language, Online features, Web Exclusive
Jamison Chas. Banks is Seneca-Cayuga/Cherokee and an adjunct instructor of printmaking at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Committed to telling visual stories, Banks agrees that sharing Indigenous knowledge and histories through his art and through digital practice has arrived at the perfect time for him. The opportunity to share socially and engage with others through a number of platforms—including Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube—puts his work out there, beyond the white cube/studio, for others to take notice. His interest in vintage, early 20th century aesthetics fuels his creativity as a basis for his screen prints. By shifting those aesthetics over to digital media/video, he is able to recreate and reconsider how things are portrayed.
TERRORTORIES: The Frontier, being produced while he was the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ (MoCNA) Local Artist In Residence, finds him addressing the issue of peace from various perspectives. Channeling the Peacemaker, a critical figure in Haudensosaunee history, Banks interjects his character’s position over time and place. MoCNA becomes headquarters to United Nations and homeland security to carry out missions…bringing into question—What League of Nations? What Native Nations? And whose homeland?