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2018 Projects

There is No Then and Now, Only is and is Not

The Kitchen

New York, NY

July - August 3, 2018


The Kitchen commisioned this video work for inclusion in the group exhibition, On Whiteness, organized by the Racial Imaginary Institute. The single channel video shows Bronx-based artist Dennis Redmoon Darkeem dancing in an empty theatre, intercut with his statements on his experience identifying as Yamassee Yat’siminoli. The intent of this work is to subvert expectations and ask the questions of Who is allowed to be Native? What is half/part Native?

Reading Group

NADI will lead the reading group through selected texts, accompanied with performative actions. This conversation will examine the trajectory of relationships between whiteness and indigeneity, which is often omitted from discussions of race in the United States. The group will consider “Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex (An Indigenous Perspective)” by Indigenous Action Media; “The White Possessive” by Aileen Moreton-Robinson; and “Playing Indian” by Philip J. Deloria. Native Art Department International is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan.

In conjunction with On Whiteness, an exhibition organized by the Racial Imaginary Institute at The Kitchen, Helena Anrather Gallery is hosting a series of reading groups to explore a collection of texts that informed the exhibition.