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April 25, 2005

Natural History Museum Hosts Multi-Media Work May 2

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present "Images of Cambodia in a Meskwaki Scene," a free, public multi-media work by UI anthropology doctoral candidate Jenna Grant from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in Iowa Hall, located on the first floor of Macbride Hall. The presentation will include a brief discussion of the work beginning at 6 p.m.

The work incorporates five separate video projections into the Museum of Natural History's Meskwaki diorama. Shot in rural Cambodia in 2004, the videos depict four Cambodians and Grant performing everyday activities, such as cooking, washing clothes and picking mangoes. The diorama is composed of three Meskwaki figures, circa 1845, carving wood and cooking.

"The juxtaposition of video from Cambodia and a 19th century Native American scene is a basic reconfiguration of one of the traditional projects of anthropology: the representation of peoples and cultures through activities and artifacts," Grant said. "The contrast of the contemporary moving image with the static museum display serves to both enhance and obscure the inherent similarities of the two modes of representation."

A native of Oakland, Calif., Grant lived in Cambodia from December 2003 to August 2004 working as a consultant for the World Health Organization. She is currently engaged in projects involving medical and visual anthropology.

For more information, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 319-335-0482 or see the museum Web site at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Museum of Natural History in advance.

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