In Caribou in the Archive, Jennifer Dysart reaches differently into the past. Here, there is an urgency: she must pin the memory of her lost grandmother, Violet, to the screen before the surviving footage deteriorates beyond repair. But she cannot make the image stay and, so, she must flesh out her family archive by stitching it into a larger archive of Canadian cultural memory via National Film Board (NFB) documentary footage. The result is restorative and challenging: Violet is retrieved, her memory preserved, but her aliveness also speaks back to colonial memory and its flat, limited, understanding of Indigenous peoples. Visible glitches with overlaid text draw attention to its construction and artificiality. This is the hand of the present at work reconstructing the past--a reminder that memory is, and has always been, part fantasy and part recreation.
“Isn’t it a wonderful experience to explore, to discover, so many interesting facets to yourself? Some of these discoveries may be personal and belong only to you.”
About Dunja Kovačević
Dunja Kovačević is a writer, editor, and community worker situated in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory. A queer femme and immigrant settler born in the Former Yugoslavia, her work circles questions of belonging, disorientation, and archival bodies. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg and is currently working towards an MA in Family and Marriage Therapy. Her work appears sporadically in publications and exhibitions, such as jeunesse: young people, texts, cultures; Border Crossings and Martha Street Journal.
Find out more about Dunja Kovačević here and her writing here.
Visible glitches with overlaid text draw attention to its construction and artificiality.