R.I.S.E Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment—in collaboration with interdisciplinary art collectives WINTER COUNT and Postcommodity.
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.
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 included a one-day video installation in the historic Student Union on August 11, and an installation in Reed’s library vitrines through October 1, 2017.
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 the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College and curated by Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director. Co-presented with in situ PORTLAND, a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.