Critical Writing Index

Points of Contact: Julian Samuel, the Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations, and Histories

by Maurie Alioff

Video re/View, 1996, pp. 369-371

Toronto: Art Metropole and V tape, 1996

The article discusses Montreal's Julian Samuel's The Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations and Histories, a largely didactic video dealing with issues of the East and the West, north and south. The work addresses the effects of European intrusion on indigenous history and culture, the ethnocentrism of western history, fanaticism in the middle east, and the possibility of no longer polarizing the east and the west, in favour of seeing man as a "meeting place of several cultures, several religions."

ITEM 1996.032 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations and HistoriesJulian Samuel