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Self-Determined: A Contemporary Survey of Native and Indigenous Artists
August 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Self-Determined: A Contemporary Survey of Native and Indigenous Artists is a group exhibition featuring thirteen artists creating profound work in various media including film, installation, photography, sound, beadwork, and studio arts. Self-Determined centers the artist and their practice, the social and political issues important to them, their relationships to community, their mode of expression, and the ways in which they identify.
Jordan Ann Craig (Northern Cheyenne)
Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock)
Demian DinéYazhi’ (Dine, born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá [Zuni Clan Water’s Edge] & Tódích’íí’nii [Bitter Water])
Carly Feddersen (Okanogan, Arrow Lakes, German, English)
RYAN! Feddersen (Okanogan, Arrow Lakes, German, English)
Anna Hoover (Norwegian/Unangax̂)
Ursala Hudson (Tlingit)
Chaz John (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska / Mississippi Band Choctaw)
Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) (1968-2021)
Ian Kuali’i (Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian – Shis Inday/Mescalero Apache)
Erica Lord (Tanana Athabascan, Inupiaq, Finnish, Swedish, English and Japanese)
Hoka Skenandore (Oneida, Oglala Lakota, Luiseno, Chicano)
Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota)
All of these artists are engaged with issues that pervade contemporary art dialogue today—such as engaging with their environment, exploring mythologies, reworking traditions, and utilizing technology as a tool of preservation in both formal and conceptual investigations at the intersection of customary Native techniques or Indigenous philosophies. The title Self-Determined references a Nixon-era policy that gave tribes within the United States the ability to make decisions for themselves about cultural renewal and reclamation, governance, economic development, and education—the only United States government policy not based on assimilation or genocide.
Curated by Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota) and Kiersten Fellrath, Self-Determined opens to the public with an artist reception on Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 5-7 pm, and will be on view through November 27, 2022.