Resistance Through Existence
On view through May 17, 2020
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Resistance Through Existence” showcases the power of resistance that Indigenous people hold simply by existing in a western expanding world that was once driven to cause the extinction of the American Indian.

“Resistance Through Existence” is co-curated by MoCNA chief curator Manuela Well-Off-Man and Institute of American Indian Arts Museum Studies student Faithlyn Seawright (Chickasaw) and features 12 graduating IAIA seniors. The exhibition tackles a wide variety of topics ranging from the revitalization of tribal regalia and mask making to healing from traumatic events that happened as a result of European colonization. Inspired by their ancestors and culture, many of the artists comment on what it means to be Indigenous and part of a living culture.

Image credits: Eve Picher, Kali, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in.