Native Women on Art, Culture, and Resilience

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Friday, August 16th

2:30 pm - Panel Discussion


Presented by Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) in collaboration with SITE Santa Fe:

Join us for a lively panel discussion celebrating the leadership of four extraordinary Native women in the arts. The panelists will explore their work in connection to current debates around gender rights, and the position of women in tribal communities and the greater society. Reflecting on their roles as culture bearers and leaders in an era of the Me Too Movement, the panelists will also discuss how their arts practices progress Native truth and empowerment.


PANELISTS:


Melissa Cody (Navajo/Diné) – weaver

Melissa Cody is a fourth-generation Navajo weaver from No Water Mesa, AZ. She is the first to boldy lead and weave in contemporary design. Cody works in the realm of the Germantown Revival style, incorporating geometric overlay to enhance 3-D planes. Her work is a combination of traditional patterns deconstructed and reworked into sound composition. Cody visually maps out the design and relies on complex number counts to ensure that each warp string is accounted for and the multiple lines of symmetry are exact. She heavily compacts the weft as each textile incorporates an immense amount of intricate detail per inch. By incorporating eclectic color schemes and bold, sharp lines, Cody’s work stands apart as a signifier of a new-wave weaver who finds this to be vital in the continuation of creativity. See: https://www.sebastiankleihs.com/cody


Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) – photographer

Cara Romero believes that more Native photographers can master sophisticated photographic techniques creating critical content in their work and transmit authenticity and contemporary Native identity. Cara’s approach seeks to depict new ways of seeing Native pop culture. Her work reflects her diverse training in film, digital, fine art, journalism, editorial portraiture and commercial photography. She is known for modern indigenous identity stories, her use of humor, social commentary, contemporary lighting and color and her staged and theatrical compositions. She has won several awards including Best of Classification 2D at SWAIA two years in a row, NACF Artist Mentor Fellowship Award, multiple Heard Museum ribbons, and the NARF Visions for the Future Award. See: https://www.cararomerophotography.com/


Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara) – multi-disciplinary artist

Rose B. Simpson is from Santa Clara Pueblo, NM. She forged her own creative mark in new mediums and installation works with inspiration from deeply seeded cultural roots and from generations of renowned potters. Simpson mainly works in large scale ceramic mixed-media figurative sculpture, but also does aerosol muralism, performative adornment, music, and classic car customization. Her work has exhibited internationally, and is in museum collections nationwide. Most recently, in 2018 she received an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts, after a 2011 MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a 2007 BFA also from IAIA. Simpson is a rising matriarch within her culture, community, and the art world. See: https://www.rosebsimpson.com/


Jaclyn Roessel (Navajo) – curator

Jaclyn Roessel was born and raised on the Navajo Nation. Roessel is the president of Grownup Navajo, a company dedicated to sharing how Native American teachings and values can be a catalyst for change. Her work as a writer and curator is motivated by matriarchs in her ancestry, theories futurism and healing justice work. She lives with her husband and son in Santa Ana Pueblo. See: https://grownupnavajo.com/


MODERATOR:

Francene Blythe (Diné, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, Eastern Band Cherokee) - Director of Programs, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Francene joined NACF in 2015 as Director of Programs, overseeing the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of public programs, outreach and funding opportunities. She has a broad background in project management and arts and cultures, having worked for the National Geographic Society, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Francene received her MA in Theater Management at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and her BA in Theater from Doane College.


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