Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land will explore the impact of uranium mining on Navajo lands and people. The art exhibition will feature work by more than two dozen artists, including Navajo and Native artists. The show opens with a preview reception for Arts Council members on Saturday, August 12, 6-8pm. It will be open to the public August 15 – October 28, 2017.
Through the participating artists, Hope and Trauma will share stories and perspectives from Navajo people of their experiences due to radiation-related impacts to their bodies, their land, their water, their animals, and the natural materials and objects they use in their everyday lives. Art work will be based on a series of interactions, shared stories, and educational programs that took place in Cameron, Arizona, and in Flagstaff, in October 2016. Artists attended a four-day intensive education program which immersed them in the landscape where uranium mining and contamination has occurred on the Navajo Nation. They learned from Navajo community members, scientists, health care professionals, mental health professionals, and other experts about the impacts of uranium mining.
Artwork in the exhibition includes sculpture, painting, photography, installation art, textiles, film, virtual reality film, poetry, and performance. The participating artists are: Jeremy Singer, Venaya Yazzie, Helen Padilla, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Kim Hahn, Jane Lilly Benale, Esther Belin, Klee Benally, Mark Neumann, Elisa Rosales, Rebekah Nordstrom, Elbert Dayzie, Jocelyne Champagne Shiner, Jerrel Singer, Edie Dillon, Frederica Hall, Chip Thomas, Anne Collier, Malcolm Benally, Amy Martin, Pash Galbavy, Debra Edgerton, and the Death Convention Singers.
This blockbuster exhibition is funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Read more about Hope + Trauma on the exhibition page here. The full event schedule for the exhibition, including lectures, a concert, and more, is posted on the left side column of this page.
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