Wah.shka: On the occasion of the
2017 Venice Biennale
May 11-May 19, 2017
Certosa Island, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Opening May 11, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Symposium May 15, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The symposium Wah.shka: Indigenous Arts and the Environment will take place May 15th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the exhibit site, Casello delle Polveri, Island of Certosa.
Wah.shka is an Osage tribal word that references a people’s ability to do your best, try hard, struggle, or make an effort. Intrinsic to this endeavor is strength and power. Wah.shka, as a way of life, includes being humble, looking forward, and constantly seeking understanding of the visible world. Artists Ernest, Goshorn and Mashburn enhance this statement with their observations on the intersection of Native women and the environment. As Goshorn states, "Traditionally, Native people have revered and honored the life giving and nurturing qualities of women, personified in our relationship to our original mother, the Earth. May this work symbolize a movement to return to these values, to recognize the preciousness of motherhood and the priceless value of every single woman."
The Wah.shka exhibit is made possible by the generous support from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, The Osage Nation Foundation, Occidental College, the Autry Museum, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Vento di Venezia, and We Crociferi.