FREE - Open to the Public - All Ages - Bring items to silkscreen
A Nation is a Massacre creates awareness about ongoing settler-induced violence against Indigenous bodies. Presented here is the project’s newest version, adapted for King Street Station by artist/activist initiative R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and its founder Demian DinéYazhi’, in collaboration with yəhaw̓.
Text and image-based posters from A Nation is a Massacre will be screen-printed on site and distributed for free to the public. Visitors are invited to bring their own shirts, totes, patches, flags, or other memorabilia to have printed. The Indigenous Vote booth will also be present for new voter registrations.
On the occasion of the fourth annual Seattle Art Fair, with the influx of visitors it brings onto Coast Salish land, Demian DinéYazhi´ and yəhaw̓ hope that this installation of A Nation Is a Massacre will create cross-cultural connections and broader social engagement with Indigenous activism and our shared rights to life.
This project is supported by the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.
A Nation Is A Massacre
Death and grieving for Indigenous Peoples is like a war zone—a space unlike any other far removed from the ‘stars and stripes.’ We are expected to die without news headlines or revolution, and in this way we expect nothing; we accept death. It’s a slow death, but with the same urgency as endangerment or extinction or invasion, or an asteroid the size of england or complete and inevitable economic collapse. Even in our survival and resilience, we come to the table ready to protect the most sacred of human rights.
The details are gruesome and american and as patriotic as gun violence and mass murder. A Nation Is a Massacre considers over 500 years of mass shootings and massacre, missing and murdered Indigenous womxn, queers, trans, gender gradient/nonconforming, and two spirit folx, and numerous instances of environmental racism/injustice that continue to be ignored by citizens of a colonized country.
Demian DinéYazhi´’s artwork materializes as art production, site-specific installation, poetic expression, social engagement, and curatorial inquiry. The undercurrents of DinéYazhi´s work include a reverence toward traditional Diné practices, storytelling, traditional ceremonies, and acknowledging the criticality and sacredness of land, while simultaneously challenging contemporary Western archetypes of authenticity. DinéYazhi´ was raised in a matrilineal household and their maternal grandfather served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker. They earned the BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. DinéYazhi´ founded the artist/activist initiative R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and co-edits Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. They are a recipient of a 2015 Art Matters Foundation grant, the Henry Art Museum’s 2017 Brink Award, and a 2018 Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts. Currently, DinéYazhi’ has a solo exhibition at Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery, and is publishing AN INFECTED SUNSET on Pur Dubois Press.
yəhaw̓ is the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture's ARTS @ King Street Station. Opening in January 2019, yəhaw̓ will feature the work of over 200 Indigenous creatives. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, and partner programs throughout the region. Curated by Tracy Rector, Asia Tail, and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series will celebrate the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com.
yəhaw̓ will highlight creatives of all ages and experience levels, working in a wide range of media, from many tribal affiliations both urban and local. yəhaw̓ reflects a nuanced, inclusive, and community-driven narrative that firmly establishes Indigenous peoples as belonging in the here and now. Our list of partners continues to grow. It includes the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Centrum, Chief Seattle Club, United Indians, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Lettuce 253, Feast Arts Center, Alma Mater, Teens in Tacoma, Spaceworks Tacoma, Suquamish Museum, Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle, Pratt Fine Arts, Artist Trust, ArtsFund, Native Arts and Cultures Fund, Na'ah Illahee Fund, and the Muckleshoot Tribe.