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The Art of Native Space


Monday, November 11, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Natchee Barnd, Research Fellow, Ethnic Studies Faculty
School of Language, Culture, and Society, OSU

“In everyday life, we tend to think of space simply as a blank stage upon which we act out our lives,” suggests Natchee Barnd. “In fact, what we encounter as space is always reflective of our cultures, identities, and politics. To borrow from Anais Nin: We don’t see space as it is, we see it how we are. Thus, space is fundamentally about how we materialize our sets of relationships, notions of possibility, and cultural processes into the world.”

In this presentation, Barnd will explore how many Native American artists address the tensions and overlaps between American and Native American land claims, and how this reveals different ways of seeing and understanding space. Reviewing recent artwork by Terrance Guardipee (Blackfeet), Bob Haozous (Chiricahua Apache), and Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho), he will highlight the ways these artists depict indigenous ideas of space and how they criticize the ongoing impacts of colonization and the Native American dispossession of land.


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