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May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Heritage Month

PIC/Pacific Islanders in Communication

Pacific Heartbeat 

Pacific Islanders in Communication presents the 11th season of its major public television series with four new feature documentaries profiling peoples, cultures, and issues of the Pacific along with an encore presentation of a favorite from Season 10. The series is available to viewers on US public television and online, carried by PBS stations nationwide beginning in early May.

High Tide Don't Hide Aotearoa/New Zealand. Niva Kay, Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps. Determined to provoke real action, New Zealand teenagers nationwide join the global School Strike for Climate. But planning a movement and building momentum are the easy parts as they face political indifference, their own white privilege, and the ongoing struggle to be heard...as the tides continue to rise.

James and Isey  Aotearoa/New Zealand. Florian Habicht. Ngāti Manu woman Isey Cross lives with her youngest son, James, on a farm in Kawakawa, a small town on New Zealand’s North Island. Cheeky and vivacious, the 99-year-old is preparing to celebrate her centenary. Over the next seven days, as James organizes the festivities, the film captures their devoted bond – to each other and to the spirit world – as well as their infectious aroha (love).

Loimata: The Sweetest Tears  New Zealand/Samoa. Anna Marbrook. Ocean-going is dying. The director takes us with her friend, the extraordinary ocean-going waka captain Lilo Ema Siope on an emotional healing journey during the last months of her life. A finely crafted documentary strongly tied to Ema’s Samoan culture.

The Australian Dream Australia. Daniel Gordon, Sian Grant. The remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes is the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging. The film will unpack the events of the 2013-15 AFL seasons and ask fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today. A man who remains a cultural hero; the very epitome of resilience and survival, who continues to fight for equality and reconciliation.

Healer Stones of Kapaemahu Hawai’i/US. Dean Hamer,Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. On Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach stand four giant bouldersplaced as a tribute to the four legendary mahu, individuals of dual male and female spirit, who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawai’i long ago. The film documents the trail of post-colonial suppression through the eyes of a Native Hawaiian director, herself mahu, and uses rare archival materials and vidid animation to bring the story back to life.

FILM FESTIVALS

Online / Hybrid

First Nations Film and Video Festival

May 1–10 Free. In-person in Chicago and online in US

Again this year, FNFVF is a hybrid festival with both online and in-person programs, screening seven new feature films and new short films from Indigenous filmmakers throughout the Americas.

Online programs

Sunday, May 1, 7:00-9:00 pm CDT
Savage Chile. Juan Carlos Mege (Mapuche). Antonio del Río, a Chilean mining engineer, falls seriously ill and to recover he must start a trip to the territory he planned to exploit--his illness is the suffering of the land itself. But by understanding and living the Mapuch world view, perhaps the illness can be healed. Preceded by Strangers Adam Cordell (MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians).A young woman from the South deals with issues of cultural displacement and personal connection in New England.

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00-9:00 pm CDT
Bring Her Home US. Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota)
The film follows three Indigenous women – an artist, an activist, and a politician – as they fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victims to a growing epidemic across Indian country. Preceded by shorts from Chile, Colombia and Bolivia: Rumi Christian Milla Mancilla (Kolla), In the shadow of knowledge Daniel Guillermo Vargas Pardo (Muisa), Brigida Vinicius de Souza Taborga (Aymara).

Thursday, May 5, 7:00-9:00 pm CDT. Three mid-length films
Tz’üntz’ü Mexico. Salvador Martínez Chacruna & Pablo Fulgueira (Ñhañhu). The Hñahñú or Otomi sing all throughout their lives, known as the “Singing Bird People.” Dreams and landscapes are the source for their inspiration and health. A School called America Chile. Pablo Mardones Charlone, Antonia Mardones Marshall, Maria Paz Espinoza Peña. Children from many Latin American countries study at Escuela America, a public school in Arica that houses many foreigners. Express what it meant to leave their countries, how they feel in Chile, about discrimination against migrants, and their wishes and desires. The Rise and Return of the Sacred Divine Feminine: The Declaration US. Maluk Anuki McKinley (Yamassee, Blackfoot, Lenape). Inspiring, empowering and uplifting presentation on sacred energy, balance and the ancient ways of life.

Saturday, May 7, 3:00-5:00 pm CDT 
HipBeat US. Samuel Kay Forrest (Cherokee) A young political activist embarks on a journey of self-discovery while searching for love and anarchy within Berlin's colorful queer community. Preceded by: Koo (Serpent)Mexico Nicolás Rojas Sánchez (Mixtec) and The Peace Pipeline US. Gitz Crazyboy (Blackfoot, Dene), Tito Ybarra (Red Lake Band of Ojibway), Keil Orion Troisi

Saturday, May 7, 7:00-9:00 pm CDT
Systemic Injustice Canada. Brad Gerard Gallant (Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation). “Through the documentary and the perspective of my activism, I am trying to understand the forces that allow Indigenous Mascots to persist and the damage caused by mainstream sports racism.”

Sunday, May 8, 7:00-9:00 pm CDT
Canchira, la huella del Comechingón/The Footprint of the Comechingón Argentina. Diego Julio Ludueña,t Diego Julio (Comechingón). Living in villages in the Argentinian region of Córdoba where people in several communities speak of their cultural memory and dispute the invisibility that has come with being uprooted from original lands and marginalized. The current debates are about identity and the struggle for territory. made invisible. Preceded by two medium length documentaries from Chile and Mexico: Ngen Jaime Bernardo Diaz Diaz (Mapuche) and Ñuu Kanda Nicolás Rojas Sánchez (Mixtec)

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00-9:00 pm CDT
Seven Ridges Mexico. Antonio Coello. In a desert by the sea, a culture survives modernity. A grandmother and her granddaughter intertwine in estrangement over memory. The myth sheds controversy; time falls in dreams of sand, old songs and rock music. Preceded by three short films from Canada, Brazil, and Mexico: Runs Through Their Blood: A Life Impacted Helen DJ Pyette (Anishnaabe), Ebiouir Bel Mota (Guarani-Kaiowá) and Holy Mother Earth Benjamín Romero (Hñähñu)

In-person in Chicago

Wednesday, May 4, 7:00-9:00 pm CDT
Powerlands US. Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso (Diné). The filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people in several countries, and devastation of the environment, caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents. Preceded by four short films from US: Where Smoke Rises Kalilinoe Detwiler (Native Hawaiian), The Daily Life of Mistress Red Peshawn Rae Bread (Comanche), In thy woods Ricardo Patino (Taino), In Our Own Hands Jennifer Varenchik (Tohono O'odham)

Sunday, May 8, 2:30-4:30 pm CDT
Something Inside Is Broken US. Jack Kohler (Hoopa). This Native American Music Award winning pre-gold rush era rock opera, based on actual historical events, focuses on the untold story of how Natives were slaves under Johann Sutter's Mexican reign. The orchestration is underscored by electric guitar riffs, hip hop beats, and bold genre-mixing innovations. The native Nisenan language is present in over half of the 28 songs and arrangements. The filmmaker, Jack Kohler, was the writer, composer and director of the original stage presentation.

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival 
Monthly Film Series Online

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 – 8:00 pm MDT

Free, but registration is required here to get the Vimeo and Zoom links.

This is a two-part program. Watch the film on demand on Vimeo (May 9-12), then join the live Zoom discussion/Q&A on May 11

Amá (Mother) Documentary feature. US. Lorna Tucker.

The little known story of abuses perpetrated against American Indian women by the United States government during the 1960s and 70s. This documentary presents an overview of federal Indian policy, eventually leading up to the dark chapter of forced sterilization of American Indian women. The film raises a range of issues, from informed consent to the interpretation of federal policies as license to exert control over American Indian individuals and Tribes, to individual as well as tribal sovereignty. Mature content. Live Zoom discussion/Q&A with Charon Asetoyer(Comanche), CEO, The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, and Danielle SeeWalker (Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta), Co-chair, Denver American Indian Commission, moderated by Mervyn Tano, President, IIIRM.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival 

May 5-19. Tickets. In-person in Minneapolis/St. Paul and online in Minnesota or US.

.In-person in MSP and online in US

A Winter Love Narrative feature. US. Rhianna Yazzie (Diné). Blue is a 35 year-old Navajo singer-songwriter, struggling in Minneapolis’ bleak winter. Her creativity seems to be hibernating. But when she meets Eddie, a 25 year-old Lakota man, and law school dropout, he could be just the tonic for her winter blues.

In-person in MSP and online in Minnesota

Bring Her Home Documentary feature. US. Leya Hale. Three Indigenous women–an artist, an activist, and a politician–fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victims to human trafficking, a growing epidemic across Indian country.

The Territory Documentary feature. Brazil, Denmark, US. Alex Pritz. “The Amazon is not just the heart of Brazil, but of the whole world.” These are the words of Bitate, a 19-year-old Uru-eu-wau-wau, who is fighting, possibly to the death, to save his community and the rain forest. Though promised constitutional protection, the Uru-eu-wau-wau’s homeland is under dire threat from farmers and land-grabbers.

Utama Narrative feature. Bolivia, Uruguay, France. Alejandro Loayza Grisi. Virginio and Sisa live in the arid Bolivian highlands. Virginio attends to their animals, Sisa is responsible for gathering water. But global warming’s destructive reach has touched them, as the water is becoming more and more difficult to acquire.

Wildhood Canada. Bretten Hannam (Mi’kmaq) Link is a Two Spirit teenager raised by an abusive father. When he discovers that his mother, whom he’s been told is dead, may be alive, he runs away with his half brother in search of her and his Mi’kmaw heritage. As the pair hit the road, they meet Pasmay, another Two Spirit, who offers his help and acceptance.

NMAI Living Earth Festival

Last day! May 15. Online.

Across the country, sites sacred to Indigenous communities are at risk because of environmental changes, population growth, tourism and natural resource extraction. At the NMAI, Living Earth is an annual event. In this year’s event is concerned with saving sacred spaces. Four films are screening and a panel of prominent Indigenous activists discuss their efforts to protect sites of cultural significance in Alaska, Hawai’i, and Utah

FESTIVALS
In-Person Only

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

May 5 - 14 Tickets and some free/pay as you wish screenings. In-person in Los Angeles.

Waterman Documentary feature. Hawai’i/US. Isaac Halasima. Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. The film examines his journey, humanitarianism, and enduring legacy.

Every Day in Kaimukī Narrative feature. Alika Tengan (Native Hawaiian). This first feature of Alika Tengan tells the story of Naz (played by co-writer Naz Kawakami), a late night DJ at a community radio station & avid skateboarder as he navigates the complexities of leaving his peaceful but unfulfilling life in Kaimukī for New York City. with his girlfriend. 

Shorts Programs  

Indigenous Now! Program  

Rooted US. Mia Kami. A music video made in collaboration with dancers and musicians from Fiji, Tonga, Banaba, Rotuma, Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands.  The Flight of the Banog The Philippines. Elvert Banares. A father fondly narrates to his son a portion of the Suguidanon Epic of the indigenous Panay Bukidnon people. The Sacrifice Fiji. Tumeli Tuqota Jr. In an alternate-reality Fiji where tradition and culture were never eroded by colonialism, a new drug (ship) is about to be put to sea and will demand a steep toll for the final stage of its launch. Night Ride Todd Karehana. When a mother of them returns nightly to the old family home to feed star cats, her son questions its connection to the death of his brother.

Pacific Cinewaves Program

Ala Moana Boys US/Hawai’i. Keli’I Grace. Ka Ho’I - The Return Mitchel Merrick. Last Hawaiian Sugar Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt. My Dog Has Fleas Justin Pascua. Pili Ka Mo’o Justyn Ah Chong. Saving Hawaii Sign Language Corinne Chin. Tapa: The Cloth that Binds Us Nancy Thompson. The Future Behind Us Melodie Turori.

More shorts

fire in the water, fire in the sky Aotearoa/New Zealand. Mīria George.
Omai Fa’atasi: Samoa Mo Samoa Shorts Program. Takashi Fujii.

DOXA

May 6 - 16. Tickets. In-person in Vancouver

Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence Canada. Ali Kazimi. In the making since 1995, when the filmmaker was first welcomed onto Sinixt territory in the Arrow Lakes region of what’s colonially called British Columbia. The Canadian government has declared that the Sinixt Nation no longer existed, but the people speak of their connection to the land that has been Sinixt and wrestling with issues as vast as immigration, land claims, archeological preservation and treaty law.

Bill Reid Remembers Canada. Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). A short film by the legendary Indigenous director about the celebrated Haida artist, his commentary and his recollections. “Under Bill’s watchful eye,” Alanis Obomsawin says, “the historical spirit of the past was so present.”

DƏNE YI'INJETL - The Scattering of Man Canada Luke Gleeson (Dene). When BC Hydro built the W.A.C. Bennett Dam in 1968, it flooded the Rocky Mountain Trench, a region belonging to the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation. The events that followed the dam’s construction are recounted in visual prose and through the traditions of Dene storytelling. This is a wider critique of provincial Crown corporations, and industrial and government mega projects done without informed consent or consultation with the Indigenous peoples whose lives will be violently disrupted. -DB Trailer.

Forests Canada. Simon Plouffe. An immersive portrait of a flooded forest on unceded Innu territory. “As we wade through trees licked by fire and submerged under the waters of a hydroelectric reservoir, Innu voices root us in the (hi)stories of the land, and its people. -DB”

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair Canada. Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). “…A tribute to Senator Murray Sinclair, one of the leading Truth and Reconciliation commissioners. Weaving an award acceptance speech by Sinclair with archival footage and oral testimony, Obomsawin’s film grounds the truth and reconciliation process in a history lesson. -DB”

The Lake / nx̌aʔx̌aʔitkʷ Canada. John Bolton. Working through The Lake, an opera by Barbara Pentland and Dorothy Livesay, the film reinterprets the original material, blending performance and self-reflection on the settler/Indigenous relationship by two talented friends, settler and opera singer Heather Pawsey, and Indigenous teacher Delphine Derickson of Westbank First Nation.

Spirit Emulsion Siku Allooloo (Taino). “Taíno culture endures through a woman’s bond with her mother’s spirit. Using plant medicines to process Super 8 film, Spirit Emulsion offers a language for Taíno filmmaking connected to land, ancestral relations and the cosmos. -MM”

The Territory Brazil, US, Denmark. Alex Pritz. “Over the course of three years, The Territory closely follows young Indigenous leader Bitaté and environmental activist and mentor Neidinha, as they and the rest of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous Surveillance Team seek new ways to defend their land against settlers, even though it is an official Protected Territory in Brazil. With unique and intimate access to both the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau community and the opposing network of settler farmers, Alex Pritz’s film chronicles the community’s fight against colonial deforestation and agrarian settlement within a climate of anti-Indigenous rhetoric, governmental complicity and environmental destruction. -DB”

Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace Canada. Heather Hatch (Haida). In the wake of environmental destruction and community removal, Haida filmmaker Heather Hatch closely follows activists from the Treaty 8 Nations as they fight costly legal battles to protect their families, their communities, and their treaty lands against the imposition of mega-dams over the Peace River in the heart of Treaty 8 Territory.

EVENTS

Theater Online, Book Club Online, Honoring MMIWG In-person

New Native Theatre
National Native American 10-Minute Play Festival Podcast

New Native Theatre presents a podcast series of audio plays, adapted from the National Native American Ten Minute Play Festivals since 2016. Visit the NNT page to hear each play.

O See Dee
April 11, 2022

Dee has just welcomed her new baby into the world and wants to be the best mom she can possibly be when an old “friend” shows up to give her some maddening advice about the care and feeding of new babies.

Limikkin
March 3, 2022

Listen to playwright Vickie Ramirez’ short play, Limikkin, where you’ll hear the genesis of some of her other full-length works and get to know her world of recurring characters like Connie and Brewster---When an old friend returns to the rez with an idea to monetize the water, will the Thunderers will intervene or will an old love be rekindled?

Sell Fish
January 31, 2022

The third audio play from The National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival is Sell Fish by Kwantlen playwright, Joseph Dandurand, a story about a relationship beginning to crumble as they struggle to understand each other. Fisherman Joe and his wife, Allie, are in a modern day relationship that begins to crumble as they struggle to understand each other. Trigger warning, t

Tawa’s Rising
January 13, 2022

Episode Two, Tawa’s Rising, written by Jaren Navenma (Hopi/Tuscarora), takes place at sunrise at the edge of the mesa on Hopi territory in Arizona. Calvin takes his daughter in the hope of repairing their relationship after experiencing the loss of a loved one.

The Walking Red
October 30, 2021

When an All Lives Matter zombie apocalypse hits Minnesota, your un-enrolled relatives may be the only chance for survival. Stay tuned after the play to hear an interview with the playwrights Jennifer Hall (Leech Lake Ojibwe descendant) and Ajuawak Kapashesit (White Earth descendant & Moose Factory Cree) with NNT technical director, Peter Morrow.

Eiteljorg Museum
Western Book Club

Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 - 7:30 pm CDT. Free on Zoom.

The bi-monthly book club is meeting to discuss Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Link to the website register in advance. 

First Americans Museum
Remember Our Missing

Saturday, May 7, 11 am- 3 pm CDT. Free with gallery admission. In-person in Oklahoma City.

Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit relatives disproportionately face higher rates of murder, violence and disappearance than other ethnicities. This silent crisis is often called Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) or Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). Planned in collaboration with grassroots organizations, this come-and-go event is open to all community members and will provide opportunity for reflection and learning.

  • Informational booths in Hall of The People
  • Arts activities to commemorate those impacted by MMIW/P
  • Reflection journey up the Mound summit
  • Panel discussion on MMIW/P led by Matriarch at 2 p.m.
  • A major feature of the day includes monumental installations by artists behind The Wild Mother floral studio. Called the #SendFlowersTo project, these site-specific works of art will serve as a memorial to those lost. Installations will be on view through Monday., May 9.

For a related posting see AWARDS below

AWARDS

Jenni Monet (Laguna Pueblo) has been awarded a 2022 Izzy Award by Ithaca College’s Park Center for Independent Media. Monet publishes online a free weekly newsletter, Indigenously (“Decolonizing Your Newsfeed”) looking at issues that Native Americans face which are often neglected by the larger media, such as the disproportionate deaths and disappearances of Native women and girls, here. The Izzy Award is for outstanding achievement in independent media and is given to journalists and independent news outlets. It is named after I.F. “Izzy” Stone, whose I.F. Stone’s Weekly exposed government deception, racial bigotry and McCarthyism for decades.

INDIGENOUS ARTS
SITE Santa Fe/Venice Biennale/Whitney Biennial

SITE Santa Fe
Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric

May 6 - September 11. In-person in Santa Fe.

The Body Electric features a survey of Jeffrey Gibson's painting, sculpture and installation, as well as newly commissioned works including the performance To Name An Other and a large scale mural, THE LAND IS SPEAKING ARE YOU LISTENING, activating SITE Santa Fe’s front lobby and main galleries. The exhibition was curated by Brandee Caoba.

As part of the opening weekend for the exhibition, Gibson takes the stage with artist conversations.

Saturday, May 7, 10:30 am MDT. My Life in Art Talk. Jeffrey Gibson interviews a long-time friend and inspiration, artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.

Sunday, May 8. 10:30 am MDT. Reclaiming Narratives: Jeffrey Gibson and Nani Chacon in Conversation. SITE Santa Fe’s exhibiting artists Nani Chacon (Dine) and Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw) will take the stage for a conversation about shared themes in their work, moderated by curator Brandee Caoba.

59th Venice Biennale

April 23 - November 27, 2022. In-person in Venice, Italy

The Sámi Pavilion

At the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious art events, the Pavilions are sponsored and curated by individual nations. This year the Nordic Pavilion, which is customarily shared by Norway, Sweden and Finland, is devoted entirely to Sámi artists, a fitting recognition that Sápmi, the traditional Sámi territory of Europe’s Arctic, is not constrained by national borders. In recent decades, the Sámi have fought — often unsuccessfully — to protect their lands against the extraction of minerals and timber, their migratory routes from development and their traditional reindeer herding practices from state control.

The Sámi Pavilion has been co-curated by Katya García-Antón, director of the Office of Contemporary Art Norway, Sámi scholar Liisa-Rávná Finbog and the Sámi handcrafter and activist Beaska Niillas features the work of three artists who are also involved in political activism. Máret Ánne Sara from Sapmi/Norway has created powerful pieces utilizing reindeer skulls. Anders Sunna from Sapmi/Sweden is deriving his piece from his own family’s year’s long struggle to retain the right to remain on their own lands with their reindeer herds. For performance artist Pauliina Feodoroff of Sapmi/Finland the core of her work is about the survival of forests, which for decades have been stripped by industrial interests from the Sami territories. For more detail see “At Venice Biennale a ‘Different Notion of Nation’” by Lisa Abend for the New York Times, April 17, 2022. 

Indigenous Events during the Venice Biennale

aabaakwad 2022
April 22-25. Recording of livestream available on the website

In partnership with the Sami Pavilion, the fifth annual meeting was held in Venice of aabaakwad (it clears after a storm), presented in-person and online by livestream, recorded and now available. aabaakwad is a unique annual Indigenous-led conversation on Indigenous art by those who create, curate and write about it. A gathering that alternates annually between Toronto and international venues, showcasing dynamic dialogue examining themes, materials and experiences in Indigenous art practice globally. Founded in 2018 by Wanda Nanibush (Anishinaabe, Canada), it brings together over 70 creatives from all over the world.

aabaakwad has been seeded by its presenting partner the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada), and main funders the Canada Council for the Arts and the Australian Arts Council. Internationally our presenting partners have been the Sydney Biennial under artistic direction of Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri, Australia), MCA Sydney, Sydney Opera House in 2020 and this year the Nordic Pavilion and the curators of this year’s Sámi Pavilion.

TBA21-Academy

TBA21–Academy is “a research center…fostering a deeper relationship to the ocean through the lens of art to inspire care and action.” Established in 2011, the Academy has been an incubator for collaborative research, artistic production, and new forms of knowledge by combining art and science for more than a decade.

Ocean Space and Ocean-Archive
Ocean Space is a Venice-based cultural center “for catalyzing ocean literacy, research, and advocacy through the arts.” Located in the Church of San Lorenzo in Venice, it opened in March of 2019. Established by TBA21–Academy and building on its expansive work, this “Embassy for the Ocean” fosters engagement and collective action on the most pressing issues facing the ocean today. Its digital counterpart Ocean-Archive.org, is a user-based platform for collaborative research.During the opening week of the Venice Biennale, Ocean Space staged an indoor aerial drone piece produced by DRIFT and Aorist. Entitled “Social Sacrifice” it features an A.I. school of fish, provoking thought about individual freedom, and collective action in the face of predators.

Ocean Fellowship

The Ocean Fellowship this year is exploring ways to learn through Indigenous perspectives, values and stories--knowledges of the past, present and futures of the ocean. It was developed this year in collaboration with The Sámi Pavilion, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway, and aabaakwad. The 2022 fellows are Matti Aikio, Liryc Dela Cruz, Ursula Johnson, Fernanda Olivares Molina, and aqui Thami, who will spend time together with the mentors, artist Rebecca Belmore and Harald Gaski, professor of Sámi Culture and Literature. The Fellowship work takes place at TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Space,

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet As It’s Kept

April 6 - September 5, 2022. In-person in New York City.

The Whitney Biennial has surveyed the landscape of American art, reflecting and shaping the cultural conversation, since 1932. The 2022 Biennial features an intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of sixty-three artists and collectives whose dynamic works reflect the challenges, complexities, and possibilities of the American experience today. The exhibition is co-curated by David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, and Adrienne Edwards, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs.

Four Indigenous artists from Canada and the US are in this year’s exhibition, and each has a separate webpage about the pieces in the exhibition which include audio and print statements by the artist and other information reflecting on the work.

Rebecca Belmore (Anishnaabe) 

Raven Chacon (Diné) 

Duane Linklater (Omaskêko Ininiwak)

Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) 

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