Art, History, Memory: Artistic Practice in an Age of Ongoing Colonialisms
A lecture to mark the opening of the exhibition, Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes)
Lecture & Exhibition Opening
Monday, August 12, 2013
6pm @ SFAI
$10 general | $5 students/seniors
August 12 through September 27, 2013
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm @ SFAI and locations throughout the city
Santa Fe, NM –The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to welcome Métis artist, historian, and curator Dylan Miner as part of our 2013 season of public programming, Contested Space. Miner will collaborate with local youth to build a series of lowrider bicycles, a project he calls Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes). To date, Miner has built approximately 20 bikes with Indigenous, Latino, and non-Native youth throughout the U.S. and Canada. In New Mexico, Miner will partner with local cultural organizations, including SFAI and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). Through a series of workshops, youth will share traditional knowledge and local history, while also contemplating healthy lifestyles and sustainable modes of transportation. The bikes that workshop participants ultimately construct will be the result of their individual and collective imaginations, and will be exhibited throughout the city.
Miner teaches Transcultural Studies at Michigan State University. His artistic practice emerges from his ongoing involvement in radical politics. A key facet to his oeuvre, Miner makes unambiguously political relief prints and graphic arts, commonly employing found or quotidian materials in their production. Recently, his printmaking practice has begun to investigate the materiality of the printer’s block, incising and printing from wooden objects such as baseball bats, hockey sticks, and canoe paddles. Moreover, Miner’s practice involves ongoing collaborations with Indigenous youth, having worked with Native communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Norway. He recently produced a body of work on Indigenous prophecies, and is beginning new projects dealing with forests and with Métis medicine. Miner is a founding member of the print collective Justseeds, which was awarded the Grand Prix at the 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Slovenia. He has published extensively and exhibited widely.