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Performance: (jaatłoh4Ye’iitsoh [9–10])(to/too coccoonz)

August 19, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

516 Arts presents a performance by Eric-Paul Riege on Friday, August 19, from 3-8 pm. Riege (Diné) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work (jaatłoh4Ye’iitsoh [9–10])(to/too coccoonz) is currently on display in the exhibition Art Meets History: Technologies of the Spirit. Riege is a multi-media artist whose work includes weaving, installation, collage, digital media, and performance. These works express his philosophies and cosmologies of sanctuary, peace, and interconnection with all the elements of the world around him. They are informed by hózhó, the Diné philosophy that Riege says “encompasses beauty, balance, and goodness in all things physical and spiritual and its bearing on everyday experience.”

His various approaches to art-making, soft sculpture, and wearable regalia come together in his durational performances. For Riege, this too is a form of weaving. “I call everything I do weaving,” he says. In a profile of the artist in Art in America earlier this year, Ellie Duke writes, “All the elements—the materials, the performance, the audience, as well as the ancestors and rituals that inform his practice—are woven together.”

“My hands knew what they were supposed to do before my body did,” Riege says. Weaving in this work is more than a technology of making. Riege’s maternal great-grandmother was a weaver and his mother taught him how to sew. By applying this ancestral knowledge to contemporary artworks, Riege repurposes the technology from industrial to spiritual, ultimately reconnecting the act of weaving to its sacred roots. The artwork is completed with a performance that reestablishes balance and harmony.

Eric-Paul Riege graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in art and ecology. His work has been exhibited at Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, AZ, SITElines Biennial in Santa Fe, the Prospect New Orleans Biennial, and the Toronto Biennial.


August 19, 2022
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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516 Arts
516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM
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