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The Illustrated Chicano: Chicano Border Methodology in Practice

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dc.contributor.advisor Mercier, Ocean Franco, William 2019-08-27T23:27:22Z 2019-08-27T23:27:22Z 2019 2019
dc.description.abstract What is Chicano Border Methodology? In my thesis I am answering this question by showing that this is a key part of my practice, and revisiting my past work and experiences to re-construct the development of this methodology. Chicano Border Methodology is a living methodology based on lived experience that is constantly in praxis, and not just theoretical. It is rooted in a knowledge space that is specific to a locality, La Frontera/US-Mexico border. I began to assemble the methodology using epistemological pluralism as the framework and modified this framework to produce a decolonising epistemological pluralism. Using the colonial matrix of power, this position questions the assumption of epistemic privilege of western knowledge production. Using a personal narrative structure, I start the re-construction process by describing the beginnings of my decolonising process with the re-discovery of my Chicano identity. I then describe the knowledge space developed along La Frontera/US-Mexico Border and how it shows up in my art practice. Looking at the concepts of decolonisation process, practice-led research, performative research and Kaupapa Māori, I contrast and analyse the position of my Chicano Border Methodology, highlighting the differences that make my Chicano Border Methodology unique. I go on to describe and analyse how I applied this methodology to the production of The Illustrated Chicano, an art installation that looks at issues of place, home and immigration in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Illustrated Chicano, as a practical application of the Chicano Border Methodology, revealed that this methodology is robust and can be modified by Chicanos to match the specific needs of research areas, where a decolonising approach is required or beneficial to the outcome. I also explore how the community reacted to my installation built through the Chicano Border Methodology lens by documenting and analysing the community’s reaction to this work. I conclude with a discussion of the significance of local knowledge spaces, the value of different methodological models, and the flexibility of a decolonising epistemological pluralism framework, such as the Chicano Border Methodology. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Chicano en_NZ
dc.subject Indigenous en_NZ
dc.subject Art en_NZ
dc.subject Decolonisation en_NZ
dc.subject Installation art en_NZ
dc.subject Borders en_NZ
dc.subject Mestizo en_NZ
dc.subject Native American en_NZ
dc.title The Illustrated Chicano: Chicano Border Methodology in Practice en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Maori Studies : Te Kawa a Māui en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ Maori Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ 2019-08-23T04:23:52Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 190199 Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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