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MY COUNTRY TIS OF THY PEOPLE YOU’RE DYING

RadiatorAr ts Curated by Erin Joyce Projects


The exhibition is generously suppor ted by a Social Justice Grant from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and fiscal sponsorship from New York Foundation.

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Radiator Ar ts 10-61 Jackson Ave LIC, New York 1 1 106

R O R T

I N Y C E O J E S

Curated by Erin Joyce Projects


About the Show: Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere have a spiritual and mystical connection with the land. The land is par t of the Indigenous tradition and religion, from creation stories, to the way in which Indigenous peoples live their lives—the land is indivisible from Native America. Throughout the histor y of the United States and their relationalit y to Native tribes, the issue of land rights and ownership has been at the forefront of confrontation. From historic events like forced relocation from traditional lands, to contemporar y issues of unauthorized sale of tribal land, energy extraction, and contested landscapes, My Countr y Tis of Thy People You’re D ying, is in reference to the song of the same title by Buff y Sainte Marie, and will feature ar t works by contemporar y Indigenous Nor th American ar tists examining the environmental impact of energy extraction, the impact it has on the collective Indigenous psyche, and the political framework that has and continues to enable unsanctioned land deals and the abuse of powers over the people. With issues in recent years such as the sale of Oak Flat on the San Carlos Apache Reser vation in Southeastern Arizona, First Nations tribes fighting pipelines through their territor y, and most prominently the conflict at Standing Rock in Nor th Dakota, the timing of this exhibition could not be more relevant. The mediums represented in this exhibition will be mixed. A film installation by Steven J. Yazzie (Navajo) looks at the impact of uranium mining on the Navajo reser vation, on the Navajo people, their health, and the health of the land through stunning and poignant narrative and visual imager y. Nicholas Galanin’s ( Tlingit) God Complex, inspects the dynamics of power structures, the glorification of violence, and police brutalit y; redressing pop culture iconography with a religiosit y, echoing Western societ y’s worship of material over life. Tom Jones (Ho Chunk) work, The Nor th American Landscape, is a series of photographs of plastic toy trees. The work utilizes the trees as stand-ins for the landscape of Nor th America and represents the areas American Indians continue to inhabit on this continent. It also comments on the destruction of the natural world replacing nature with manmade replicas. Other ar tists in the exhibition include ceramic sculpture by Cannupa Hanska Luger (Lakota/Mandan/Arikara/Hidatsa), and a video installation by Winter Count.


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Mountain Song, 2015 Steve n J. Yazzie Single channel video, 1 1min 1 1sec edition of 4


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Champion, 2016 Cannupa Hanska Luger Ceramic and fiber

At What Cost: Extraction, 2016 Cannupa Hanska Luger Ceramic, steel, rubber, fiber, dimensions var y

Ceramic Knives, 2016 Cannupa Hanska Luger Ceramic, dimensions var y


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God Complex, 20 16 Nicholas Galanin Mixed materials, dimensions var y Not for sale.


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Crisis, 2016 Winter Count Collective Single channel video, 3min 2sec Not for sale.


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Ra d ia torAr t s (Radi c al M edi a tor for the A r ts ) i s a rec e n t ly o p e n e d v e n u e in L o n g Isl and Ci t y t hat g i v es s pa ce to a r ti s t s tu di os a n d t o R ad iat o r G alle r y. Th e g a ll er y prov i des l oca l a nd i nter na ti ona l em er gi ng an d m id - c are e r c u rat o rs a n d a r t i st-curat ors an ex cel l ent op por tu ni t y to w o rk wit h an d le arn ab o u t th e o perat i ons of a m u l ti -di s ci p l i na r y or ga ni za ti on . R ad iat o r will re g u larly pre s ent cont emporar y a r t ex hi bi ti ons , p er for m a nce s an d v id e o p ro g ram s . Ea ch curat or i s expected to w or k coop er a ti v el y, be f le x ib le , s e lf- m o t iv at e d , a n d in terest ed i n c ont r i bu ti ng to the ongoi ng needs o f t h is ac t iv e m u lt i- ar t s cen te r.

TAMAS VESZI Da n ie la Kost ov a i s a n in terdi sci pl i nar y a r tis t and curat or. He r work has b e en shown at Kunst hal l e ( V ie n n a), Inst i t ut e for C ontem p or a r y A r t ( Sofi a), T he Q ueens Mu s eu m o f A r t (N ew York), C entre d’ a r t Co n temporai n (Geneva ) , Fonda zi one S a n d ret t o Re Rebaudengo ( Tor i no) a n d Kunst hal l e Fri deri ci a nu m , ( Ka s s el , Ge r ma ny) among t he other s . D a ni el a h a s o r gani zed numero u s p roj ects a nd co lla b orat i ons ac ross cu l tu res a nd d is cipli nes. She was C hi ef C u r a tor o f th e B i oAr t Ini t i at i v e a t R ens s el a er P o ly te chni c Inst i t ut e i n ( Troy, N Y) a nd Director of Iri da Ar t G a l l er y i n S of i a . Ko s to va i s t he co-found er of Bu l ga r i a n A r tis ts in Ameri c a, D i rector of Cur a tori al Proj ec t s at R a di a tor Ga l l er y in Ne w York, and a bo a r d m em ber of th e in t ernat i onal exch a nge p rogr a m CEC A r t sLi nk .

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p a i nti ng. H e i s t h e fou nder of R ad iat o rA r t s . His ac t iv it ie s a s a com m u n it y in it iat o r b rid g e a ga p bet w een h is re s t le s s in t e re s t fo r the q u es ti on s o f e m b o d im e n t an d for m l es s nes s.

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