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R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, with Winter Count and Postcommodity

Performance: 11am – 12pm, Reed College Canyon

Luncheon and conversation with artists: 12:15pm–1:30pm in the historic Student Union

For Converge 45, R.I.S.E. joins with two indigenous artist collectives to initiate Nothing is Natural, a performative art exhibition at Reed College. The exhibition’s call-and-response nature underscores the significance of convergence, amplifying the artists’ responses to: social and environmental injustice; migration/ movement/evolution; sanctuary; Indigenous Survivance; trust; and the resilience of culture despite forced relocation and resource extraction. The project unfolds throughout the restored Reed College Canyon and its natural water source Crystal Springs, and also includes a one-day video installation in the Student Union on August 11 and an installation in Reed’s Library vitrines through October 1, 2017.

R.I.S.E. is an artist/activist collective dedicated to the education, perseverance, and evolution of indigenous art and culture. The group was founded by Demian DinéYazhi’, a transdisciplinary artist born in 1984 to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water) of the Diné (Navajo) in Gallup, New Mexico. He lives and works in Portland.  

Winter Count is a union of artists cultivating awareness, respect, honor, and protection for land and water, for all the living things that have lived here, and for all the living things to come. They are multi-disciplinary artists, working in film, performance, installation, sculpture, storytelling, and music composition.

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective that functions as a shared indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial, and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st century through ever-increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

Organized by Demian DinéYazhi’ (R.I.S.E.) and the artists, in collaboration with Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College. Co-presented with in situ PORTLAND, a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Additional support from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation.

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  • Sylvan Talavera
  • Tania Jaramillo

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