mars dietz / demian diné yazhi' / keyon gaskin
curated by will elder
Littman Gallery // Smith Memorial Student Union #250
1825 SW Broadway // Portland, OR 97201
open weekdays 12 - 4
About the artists:
is an antidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York. Through performance, writing, and site-specific installation, Mars has used their work as a method of researching and interrogating the intersections of biopower, necropolitics, narrative historiography and landscape perception. They are now preparing the launch of a web-based critical geography research initiative and publication platform for winter 2015.
demian diné yazhi’
is an artist residing & working in Portland, Oregon. Diné Yazhi’ received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from PNCA, May 2014. During his time at PNCA he received several accolades. An awarded scholar of his graduating class, Demian received the Intermedia Department Award for his thesis exhibition BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex. He was also awarded the Liberal Arts & Thesis Department Award for his thesis paper, TRIBAL MEMORY: Post-Apocalyptic Landscape Representation & Indigenous Survivance.
Born & raised in the “Indian Capital of the World”, Gallup, NM, Diné Yazhi’ is a transdisciplinary warrior whose work is an archivalization & exploration of memory formation, landscape representation, HIV/AIDS-related art & activism, performativity, gender & sexuality, & indigenous survivance. In 2010 he founded the Indigenous activist collective, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment.
Speaking through the English language, he creates opportunities to engage in processes of decolonization. Visual & written language then become tools for truthtelling, sovereignty, & uprising—seeking to upturn & beautify lived experience through azoic text while working within the confines of Western contemporary culture.