This is Displacement Catalogue

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This is Displacement Catalogue


A multi-lingual exhibition catalogue celebrating the works and words of the artists featured in our touring exhibit THIS IS DISPLACEMENT.

Edited by Carolyn Lee Anderson, Heid Erdrich, Emily Johnson

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THIS IS DISPLACEMENT is a group exhibit curated by visual artist Carolyn Lee Anderson (Diné) and dancemaker Emily Johnson (Yup'ik). The exhibit features the work of forty-three contemporary Native American artists from nineteen tribal nations across the United States, whose sculpture, painting, drawing, music, written work, short film, and mixed media relates to experiences of displacement – its effects, ills, joys, discomforts, and never-ending complexities.

THIS IS DISPLACEMENT is often exhibited in conjunction with Emily Johnson/Catalyst's performance project The Thank-you Bar. As curators, we want to offer many perspectives, stories, and images of displacement through the ideas and tangible works by contemporary Native artists. We define displacement broadly as every person has a unique, complex, and varied relationship to displacement. We honor each artist's particular view in relation to life, land, culture and identity. We are challenged and strengthened by these works. Quyana and Ahe'hee to the artists and to you.

THIS IS DISPLACEMENT has exhibited at OutNorth in Anchorage, Alaska; at LivingArts in collaboration with OklaDADA in Tulsa, Oklahoma; at The Edge Center in Bigfork, Minnesota; and at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis. It will be exhibited at at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas in May 2011. We will celebrate a closing exhibit with artist talks, a film screening, and the Minnesota launch of our exhibit catalogue at All My Relations Arts Gallery in Minneapolis in June 2011. The THIS IS DISPLACEMENT Film Series premiered at the Northwest Film Center as part of the Time Based Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon in September 2010.

THIS IS DISPLACEMENT is a project of Emily Johnson/Catalyst and is co-sponsored by All My Relations Arts of Native American Community Development Initiative and has received support from The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, Native Arts @ NEFA, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the Ford Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thank you to the many generous individuals who have supported this exhibit.