Past Exhibit

Survivance & Sovereignty on Turtle Island

Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art

The exhibition addresses the histories and present-day realities of the first people of this continent through contemporary Native American art. Turtle Island is the name given to North America by the Anishinabek, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and the Lenape—some of the Indigenous people of this region. The artists address survivance: a term that emphasizes both cultural survival and resistance in the face of hundreds of years of genocide and mass atrocities. By using art to communicate the impact that genocide has upon Indigenous people on Turtle Island–as well as its connections to the Holocaust—we can understand that these egregious crimes of attempted erasure are not outliers but part of a continuum.

Curated by Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota) and QCC Art & Design faculty member, Kat Griefen, in collaboration with students and alumni from the QCC Gallery and Museum Studies as well as KHC fellowship program.

Image Credits: Mirror Shield conceived by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Rob Wilson Photography, Turtle Island direction action, Standing Rock, ND, Thanksgiving Day 2016, police in reflection

CUNY TV Episode of “Urban U” featuring Kat Griefen and artist Cannupa Hanska Luger (begins at 15:45)

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