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3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
A zine workshop with Kevin Holden, Demian DinéYazhi’, and Maria Cunningham.
Kevin Holden and Demian DinéYazhi’ are the creators of Locusts, a queer zine dedicated to art, culture, literature, critique, and resurgence. The project’s focus is on amplifying the voices of queer and trans people of color and indigenous/two-spirit communities through publication and public engagement.
Demian DinéYazhi´ is an Indigenous Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water). Growing up in the colonized border town of Gallup, New Mexico, the evolution of DinéYazhi´’s work has been influenced by their ancestral ties to traditional Diné culture, ceremony, matrilineal upbringing, the sacredness of land, and the importance of intergenerational knowledge. Through research, mining community archives, and social collaboration, DinéYazhi´ highlights the intersections of Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist identity and political ideology while challenging the white noise of contemporary art. DinéYazhi´ strategicallycreates space through a variety of decolonial tactics that disrupt both public and private spaces. They utilize museums and art institutions as spaces that must confront their toxic legacies and abide to the terms and conditions set forth by a LIVING Indigenous Queer artist.
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