This is documention of BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex, at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, OR. The exhibition was instigated by R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and curated by Native artist, Demian Diné Yazhi’. The all-Native art show was the first of its kind at PNCA and featured the artwork of 15 Contemporary Native Artists/Warriors. The show ran from December 5th, 2013 to January 29th, 2014, and was extended for an additional month.
Special thanks goes out to all the artists/warriors involved, Linda Kliewer (Assistant Professor, Chair of the Thesis Department, and Mentor at PNCA), Mack McFarland (Exhibitions Coordinator at PNCA), and all the heroes past, present, and future.
Exhibition display based on letterpresses poster, designed by Demian Diné Yazhi’. Acrylic paint & graphite. Measurements: approximately 55.5” x 74.5”
Installation view of the exhibition from the east entrance.
From left to right: Untitled, by Douglas Miles; kill the man. save the Indian, by Shilo George;and Vision Quest Glyphology, by Kaila Farrell-Smith.
From left to right: The Long Shadow, by Jean Quick-to-See Smith; Report, by Raven Chacon; Captain of My Universe, by Neal Ambrose-Smith;and exhibition display designed by Demian Diné Yazhi’.
From left to right: Untitled, by Nani Chacon; Between Science & Nature, by Nani Chacon; Untitled, by Nani Chacon; Hybrid, by Sam Guerrero;and Untitled (Apache Warrior), by Douglas Miles.
From left to right: Navajo Protest Artists Arrested, Flagstaff, AZ (video), by Thomas GreyEyes; Untitled (Indians & Cowboys), by Demian Diné Yazhi’;and Nametoo, by Celeste Pedri.
From left to right: Four Poems (Inheritance, Life’s a Beach, Having Left, and When Are You Leaving?), by Tommy Pico; Nametoo, by Celeste Pedri;and Indigeneity, by Ryan Young.
Installation view of exhibition from the west entrance.
Far left wall: Artifact- Bags –, by Jordan Bennett; Ipshaamírapuh Iktiinach (Orphan Dance-Stick), by Fox A.C. Spears; and Untitled (Work In Progress) video, by R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment.
For more information on BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE & R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment:
Demian Diné Yazhi’
Untitled (Roses), 2014
… … …
sow a little tenderness
no matter if you cry
give me a reason to love you
give me a reason to be a female-bodied person
i just wanna be a woman
#portishead #glorybox #bethgibbons
#femalebodied #hero #respect #babe #roses
Patti Smith Poetry Reading
St. Mark’s Church, NYC - 1972.
01. Ha! Ha! Houdini! (00:00)
02. Four Interesting Positions Of A Retired Child Star (01:45)
03. Mary Jane (02:36)
04. Lunar Lord (04:02)
05. Renee Falconetti (05:59)
06. Bitch (07:03)
07. Death By Water (08:31)
08. Seventh Heaven (10:20)
09. Amelia Earhart (12:14)
10. Flying Saucers (13:40)
11. Piano (14:48)
12. The Amazing Tale Of Skunkdog (18:53)
13. Outro (26:45)
Happy National Poetry Month!!
So I’m growing my hair out and entering that awkward phase where I look like I did in 2004. I guess I should also revisit early Goxxip, Interpol, Camera Obscura, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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#ego #navajo #nativeamerican #demian #queer #artfag #selfie #ishouldbesuspendedfromclass (at NOWHERE ///.)
A Tribe Called Red
Sisters (ft. Northern Voice), 2013
Ghost Dance (Revisited) -
Congratulations to A Tribe Called Red for their successes and breakthroughs this year. This is what the revolution sounds like… Native america rising! This is how we celebrate being alive!
Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is producing a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture. Since 2010 the group – made up of two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and DJ Bear Witness – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Their self-titled album, released in March 2012, was long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize and included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of the year.
From: Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
Edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith
This month my brother Louis Chavez and I send our Riot Grrrl video mixtape, “Untitled (We is O.K.),” out on the open road with the rad babesHeels on Wheels Roadshow. Send your prayers and show some love if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the cities they’re passing through.
Announcing the fifth annual Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow – a NYC-based group of queer femme-inine spectrum artists & organizers touring the Northeast U.S and Canada April 11th – April 20th 2014, visiting Brattleboro, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, NYC, Providence, and Brooklyn.
The 2014 Glitter Roadshow features Damien Luxe, Heather Ács, Shomi Noise, Sabina Ibarrola, Angel Nafis, Alvis Parsley, and wrangler/visual artist Lizxnn Disaster. The Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow tours the US annually with a dazzling, diverse cabaret of performance art works and acts of resistance by queer folks of femme-inine spectrum genders.
The show itself consists of six performers, local acts in every city – and a dance party if you’re lucky! The fearless artists rampage from hi-femme to femmedrogyny in a wild revue of visceral poetic performance, emotional escape plans, high femme drag, multimedia mermaids, and rocknroll you can sink your heels into!
Come see the glitter and grit for yourself: don’t miss the fifth Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow, April 11-20, 2014, heelsonwheelsroadshow.com
Heels on Wheels
Heels on Wheels is a Brooklyn-based group of interdisciplinary artists who create performance-based cultural works and community events that have a feminist and radical agenda, are produced from sites of femme/inine-positive queer embodiment, and reveal the power in under-represented communities. More about the event, the artists, and the Heels on Wheels here: http://www.heelsonwheelsroadshow.com/roadshow-2014/
Demian Diné Yazhi’ & Louis Chavez
Untitled (We is O.K.), 2012
As queer boys, we identified heavily with the politics and aesthetic of riot grrrl culture; the topics of sexuality, feminism, patriarchy, and female empowerment spoke to us in ways that traditional male standards never could. We learned about and expressed ourselves through mixtapes, zines, records, film, and punk shows; all of which were greatly influenced by the riot grrrl and queercore subcultures of the late 80s and early 90s.
In this work, we pay homage to this subculture with personal writings and a radio mixtape. This is about growing up in small towns while being influenced by radical feminism and riot grrrl in order to explore one’s queerness and masculinity. It’s a mixtape.
It’s a wet dream. It’s a dream come true.
Demian Diné Yazhi’ is a Diné transdisciplinary warrior whose work is an archivalization and exploration of memory formation, landscape representation, HIV/AIDS-related art/activism, gender/sexuality, and indigenous survivance. He is the founder of the Indigenous artist, warrior & activist collective, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. Demian has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. He will graduate with his BFA in Intermedia Arts in May 2014 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, OR. He is currently working with Diné artist/warrior Thomas GreyEyes on an exhibition dedicated to Native north american art/artists, TAKE DOWN THE FORT.
Born & raised in Gallup, New Mexico, he currently resides in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Louis Chavez is a Brooklyn-based musician and visual artist. Their queer synthpunk & multimedia project, NO/HO/MO, is a part of the Punk Start My Heart family, and has been featured on Bitch Media, Homoground, Radio Panik & Scream Queens Radio. Their video work has been on display at the MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, and has been shown live and toured through the U.S. and Canada.
Demian Diné Yazhi’
Punk Rock Icons Composite Study, 2014
Map of Dinétah (Navajo Nation)
Land expansion 1933
Dee Dee Sharp
Mashed Potato Time, 1962
: i have been overworked and cluttering my brain with thoughts of the future. these last few months have found me staring steadily into a battlefield, but the landscape below is a desert in new mexico. and the clouds are disorganized about a vast body of dirt and sagebrush and remnants of the ocean.
in the haze of what is actually before me: books; proposals; images of protest, survivance, and beauty; art; my aging hands; my hair growing; assignments & objectives; family, friends, and love. I find strength in the many others who are actively creating, the support of my family, and the love and nourishment provided by my partner and my friends. still, i ask for the strength and willfulness to be good to my body and brain and loved ones.
i find strength in words and poetry. i sat next to an elder and asked for her words and wisdom. but I must construct that myself. i wanted her to tell me of the sandia mountains and the rio grande valley. and when I left I felt my heart race and I couldn’t remember where i was or where I was going. so I drove home and reminded myself of the warmth of home.
and I remembered to remember. I remembered the promise and strength of poetry. Of a living poetry. Of the words of Joy Harjo. And then I wanted to tell her of the sandia mountains and the dirt in Tseyí.
but that moment will have to wait.
another time will come again.
with time & love
#demiandineyazhi #joyharjo #muscogee #navajo #poetry #art #landscape #love #survivance #timeandlove (at INDIAN LAND)