Indigenous Teen Art Show at the Vera Project
Opening Reception, February 3, 4-6pm, Exhibition Duration, February 3 - 28, 2019
The Vera Project, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
Free and open to the public, family friendly
Curated by Aiyanna Stitt (Choctaw) alongside Moe’neyah Holland and Michael Anderson of Teens in Tacoma, the yəhaw̓ Indigenous Teen Art Show aims to recognize the artistic abilities and talents of young people in our communities. While young Indigenous creatives are under-represented in the mainstream art world, this show hopes to highlight their capabilities. The exhibition features work by artists between the ages of 13 and 20, from many tribal affiliations, working in a variety of art forms including music, poetry, visual art, and more.
Nataanii Nez Cottier
Miles Vahn Justice Hart
The Indigenous Teen Art Show was organized in partnership with yәhaw̓ - a year-long Indigenous community-based project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture’s King Street Station opening on March 23, 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, vendor opportunities and partner programs. yәhaw̓ will feature the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series celebrates the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest.
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The curators would like to thank The Vera Project for partnering on this project!
Hear a song from an artist in the show, Amber Wilson, who will be performing at the opening reception:
"The news segment I sample is about the spirit cave mummy, a Paiute Shoshone mummy found and dated to be about 10,000 years old. Archaeologists and scientists said that it was ‘too old’ to be related to Native Americans, and that it had to be caucasian. However, DNA testing (against the wishes of the tribe the mummy belonged to) found the mummy to be more closely related to Native Americans than any other race. The melodies and instrumental that follows expresses the pride I feel to have ancestors who were here before colonization and the anger I have from living in a colonized world surrounded by people who try to justify their white ancestors' actions and downplay the destructive impact they still has on indigenous tribes today." - Amber Wilson (Fort Mcdermitt Paiute-Shoshone)