Air Land Seed
Air Land Seed addresses global tensions between home and exile, drawing from the unique perspectives of the indigenous peoples of Native North America. Nine contemporary artists engaged in the politicized medium of printmaking/paper will exhibit works that question the forced displacements and ideologies that define our collective contemporary existence. This reappropriation of colonial markers - flags, boats and airwaves - subverts the control and militarization of indigenous homelands. Through participatory live print actions, performance, exhibition and dialogue, artists will repurpose these potent icons inscribed in the US Marine credo: "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country's battles, in the air, on land and sea."
Exhibiting artists include: Faisal Abdu'Allah, Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye, John Hitchcock, Ryan O'Malley, Henry Payer, Duane Slick, C. Maxx Stevens, and Dyani White Hawk.
Air Land Seed is curated by a collaborative group of artists, art educators and curators, lead by Nancy Marie Mithlo and John Hitchcock, with Elisabetta Frasca, Paul Baker Prindle and Sarah Anne Stolte. Air, Land, Seed is the group's seventh Indigenous exhibition at the Venice Biennale (1999-2013) and the fifth collaborative event with the University of Venice. This year, directly after their participation in the 2013 Venice Biennale, their project will continue at 516 ARTS for an exhibition, residency and series of public events.
Air Land Seed is part of a summer/fall series of public programs presented by 516 ARTS titled Place/Displaced, addressing cultural identity through the significance of place and is in concurrent with the exhibition Octopus Dreams.