This Country is Like a Dreamland uses soundscapes, narrative storytelling, and layered found footage to create a video piece that works to deconstruct and make visible the cracks and spectres in the colonial project, development of “Canadian” identity, and the systemic mythmaking that upholds the concept of the “Canadian dream”.
This Country is Like a Dreamland is an act of close listening, asking its viewer to analyze what is presented as evidence in order to question the deep systems of conditioning that colonialism, neo-colonialism and white supremacy perpetuate. The work aims to bring forward the parts of history left behind, ones that are often made silent due to voices that use their power and influence to dominate narratives. By exploring everyday violences through montaging images and videos that circulate through the various media our lives are immersed in and enmeshed with, This Country is Like a Dreamland urges its viewers to interpret their meaning without context. When situational context is removed from visual and auditory data, what subtexts can be found underneath? What silenced narratives haunt the spaces between?
This Country is Like a Dreamland was made in collaboration with Tam Khoa Vu and Yoon Rachel Nam for MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels).