visual arts program

2018 Hallie Ford Fellow

Demian Dinéyazhi’ (Indigenous Diné)


(Left to Right) "[500 years]," 2018. Installation view. "Trust Fall (Pine Ridge)," 2012. Photograph

Demian DinéYazhi’ is a transdisciplinary artist who uses social interventions to interrupt colonial power structures.

They grew up in Gallup, New Mexico, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. DinéYazhi’ received the Henry Art Museum, Seattle, Washington Brink Award and exhibition in 2017, and many institutions internationally have presented their work alone, and through the initiative Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) founded by DinéYazhi’. Notable exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Pioneer Works, Smack Mellon, Artists Space, and CANADA Gallery in New York, New York; the Portland Art Museum, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery and Portland2109 Biennial, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California; and the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, Australia.



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