How has our understanding of public space – and by extension, public art – been shaped by the legacy of settler-colonialism in the United States, and in our region in particular? In the 400 years since the English settlers came to these shores, the public commons have excluded Indigenous peoples, and sought to make us invisible on our own lands. Hear from Native artists on the implications of deeply embedded settler-colonial systems on present-day tribal peoples’ territories, livelihoods, arts and culture, and how they reverberate into our shared public spaces.
Bruce Curliss, Nipmuc
Jenny Oliver, Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag
Robert Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag
Courtney M. Leonard, Shinnecock
Facilitator: Erin Genia, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate
Centering Justice Symposium
This event is part of a virtual symposium, Centering Justice: Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Art in Public Space (September 23-24, 2020) featuring Indigenous artists’ and cultural practitioners’ critical perspectives on art and public space, and the intertwined economic, ecological, cultural, and social justice dimensions.
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