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ARTIST TALK | Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Participate virtually at halsey.cofc.edu/live
Join us for an artist talk featuring Dyani White Hawk in conversation with Halsey Institute director Katie Hirsch on the occasion of White Hawk’s exhibition Hear Her at the Halsey Institute. The conversation will be live-streamed at halsey.cofc.edu/live.
Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates society’s consistent ignorance of Native people. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude over centuries have helped their peoples’ languages and cultures to survive.
On view in Hear Her, White Hawk’s video installation Listen presents a series of Native women speaking the language of their people. Each film takes place on the land of each participant’s nation, and viewers hear the respective languages without translation. As such, White Hawk puts a focus not only on the resonance of each speaker, but she also reveals society’s collective ignorance of the people, culture, and language of those native to the land on which we live.
White Hawk’s photography installation I Am Your Relative confronts the gross stereotypes and distorted caricatures that dehumanize and commodify Native women. The exhibition serves as a true locus for the convergence of multiple Humanities including the visual arts, language, human geography, and history, all working in sync to give visibility to the invisible and fill a vital gap in our collective knowledge.
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