Topic: Crossroads: Art + Native Feminism
Location: Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Submit proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2016
Coordinators: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Maria Hupfield, and Kat Griefen
Length/format of proposal: Include the names of the Indigenous knowledge carriers, the nations and communit(ies) speakers are accountable to, artists, art historians and/or curators you plan to include in the conversation/panel/performance as well as the topic(s) you wish to address. Submissions should be no more than 400 words.
Crossroads: Art + Native Feminism is a dedicated day of panels including roundtables and discussions lead by Indigenous knowledge carriers, artists, community members, elders, academics and their accomplices on the topic of art and Native Feminism focused on North America. From the countless unnamed work produced by Native women and acquired by historical museums in service of colonial nation states around the world to Rebecca Belmore representing Canada at the Venice Biennale and Christi Belcourt's Anishinaabe Nation floral motif inspired designs on the haute couture runway of Valentino; Native women across the continent have a long established tradition in the visual arts that pushes against dominate patriarchal structures. Against the odds of systematic erasure of colonization and historically situated outside of mainstream Feminism the experience and knowledge of native women offer ranging perspectives conceptually better located at the center of the movement. Land recovery, self determination, and social relations based in respect and inherent dignity of all living beings from non-human to human, are a few examples that fluidity move across and between traditional and contemporary practices today. This call for proposals focuses on panels by and about indigenous women artists and their work from both in and outside the art gallery.
Possible proposal topics may include colonial logics of gender, a history of mobilizing environment/social justice movements, new materialities and resurgent practices, trans-indigenous feminist standpoints, self-determination sovereignty or nationhood, modeling responsible approaches to collaboration, negotiating accountability and recognition within the gallery, empowerment through personal narratives, strategies to open/make space, survival throughout legacies of imperialism/institutionalized patriarchy/colonial hegemony, well-being and safety, reexamination of criminal jurisprudence, re-imagining native landscapes toward a Native feminist spacial practice, and violence perpetuated through erasures.
For more information about TFAP@CAA: http://feministartproject.rutgers.edu/tfap-at-caa/