Demian DinéYazhi’

Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts 2018

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Demian DinéYazhi’ Photo: Harold Hutchinson


Transdisciplinary arts


Practicing artist whose work consists of photography, sculpture, text, sound, video, land art performance, installation, street art and fabric arts


DinéYazhi´’s practice is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology, landscape representation, memory formation, HIV/AIDS-related art, and activism, poetry and curatorial inquiry. Solo and group exhibitions have been held in Denmark, Serbia, Canada, Australia, and in the United States in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Santa Fe, Gallup and Albuquerque, N.M.; Seattle; Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif.; Chicago; Baltimore, Md.; and Portland, Ore. Current exhibitions include Galéé Sin at The Henry Museum (in association with the prestigious 2017 Brink Award) and “A Nation is a Massacre,” in conjunction with the R.I.S.E initiative at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Exhibitions occurring later this year include Virginia Commonwealth University, Whitney Museum of American Art and Maryland Institute College of Art. Recent awards include the Oregon Arts Commission, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Caldera Arts Center, PICA, Institute of American Indian Art, Evergreen State College, the Potlach Fund, Precipice Fund, Art Matters Foundation and PNCA. DinéYazhi´ received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Intermedia Art from PNCA.

Artist Quote:

“I create artwork that challenges Western hierarchal structures and reutilizes conceptual art as a tool for truth-telling, sovereignty, uprising and reclamation of language, culture and self. I continually find myself caught in a narrative informed by romanticized notions of belonging and the alienation experienced through centuries of forced assimilation and genocide.”


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