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Air Land Seed An exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Arts
University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Cosulich, May 30 - June 2, 2013


The University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Venice, Ca' Foscari and The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) proudly announce the opening of the Indigenous art exhibit Air Land Seed at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Cosulich, May 30 at 5:00 PM on the occasion of the 55th Venice Biennale

Exhibiting artists include: Faisal Abdu-Allah, Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye, John Hitchcock, Ryan O'Malley, Henry Payer, Duane Slick, C. Maxx Stevens, and Dyani White Hawk. Curators include: Elisabetta Frasca, Nancy Marie Mithlo, Paul Baker Prindle and Sarah Anne Stolte.

Air Land Seed addresses global tensions between home and exile, drawing from the unique perspectives of the indigenous peoples of Native North America. Nine contemporary artists engaged in the politicized medium of printmaking will exhibit works on paper, film and installation that question the forced displacements and ideologies that define our collective contemporary existence. This reappropriation of colonial markers - flags, boats and airwaves - subverts the control and militarization of indigenous homelands. Through participatory live print actions, performance, exhibition and dialogue, artists will repurpose these potent icons inscribed in the US Marine credo: "From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli; We fight our country's battles, in the air, on land and sea."

Curated by a collaborative group of artists, art educators, and curators, Air Land Seed is our seventh Indigenous exhibition at the Venice Biennale (1999-2011) and the fifth collaborative event with the University of Venice.For more information on previous projects, please visit: Epicentro Re Tracing the Plains, Venice, Italy and Venice Biennale 1999 to 2009

In association with the exhibit, a symposium Convergence II will occur at the Casa del Cinema, Venice Italy: May 30, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM and will be chaired by Henry Drewal (Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Departments of Art History & Afro-American Studies) and Maria Luisa Ciminelli, (Universita? Ca' Foscari Venezia, Department of Historical Studies). Navajo poets Sherwin Bitsui and Luci Tapahonso will read their work at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Cosulich opening Thursday May 30th 5:00 PM. Artist Faisal Abdu-Allah will present an interactive performance at the Palazzo Cosulich exhibit site Saturday June 1st at 10:00 AM.

Air Land Seed advisors include: Sonya Y. Clark, Diane R. Karp, Sarah K. Khan and Patsy Phillips. A parallel exhibition will occur June 29 - Sept. 21, 2013 at the non-profit artspace 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico in association with an artist residency hosted by the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Curators
Elisabetta Frasca (Independent Curator)
sienaschool.com/it/1214/Elisabetta-Frasca.htm

Nancy Marie Mithlo (Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies, UW-Madison)

Paul Baker Prindle (Director of Galleries, University of Nevada, Reno) paulbakerprindle.com

Sarah Anne Stolte (M.A. Project Assistant/Doctoral candidate UW-Madison, Art History) arthistorygradforum.tumblr.com/people/stolte

Artists
Faisal Abdu-Allah (Senior Lecturer, Art School, University of East London and University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arts Institute Artist-in-Residence Spring 2013) artist website

Emily Arthur (Associate Professor, Department of Art and Design, University of North Florida) emilyarthur.org

Marwin Begaye (Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Painting, School of Art and Art History, University of Oklahoma)
artist profile

John Hitchcock (Professor, Department of Art, UW-Madison)
hybridpress.net

Ryan O'Malley (Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art, Texas A&M University, Corpus Chrisiti) artist profile

Henry Payer (UW-Madison MA/MFA Graduate candidate)
tweed.wp.d.umn.edu/participants/henry-payer

Duane Slick (Professor of Painting and Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design)
duaneslickstudios.com

C. Maxx Stevens (Assistant Professor & Area Coordinator, Foundations, Department of Art and Art History, University of Colorado Boulder)
artist profile

Dyani White Hawk (Arts Project Manager, All My Relations Gallery)
dyaniwhitehawk.com

Participants
Catalog Contributors
Katie Apsey (M.A. Project Assistant/Doctoral candidate UW-Madison, Art History)
arthistorygradforum.tumblr.com/people/apsey

Gloria Bell (Editor, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective)
facebook.com/aboriginalcuratorialcollective
metisramblings.blogspot.com

Anna Stephens (Printmaker)
cargocollective.com/a_stephns/Anna-Stephens

Poets
Sherwin Bitsui
bitsui.com

Luci Tapahanso
voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/tapahonsoLuci

Symposium co-conveners
Maria Luisa Ciminelli (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Department of Historical Studies) www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/46089

Henry John Drewal (Evjue-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Departments of Art History & Afro-American Studies) henrydrewal.com

Advisors
Sonya Y. Clark (Chair, Craft/Materials Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
sonyaclark.com

Sarah K. Khan (Founder and Director of The Tasting Cultures Foundation, Inc.) tastingcultures.org
tastingcultures.blogspot.com
sarahkkhan.org

Institutions
City of Venice, Casa del Cinema:
www.veniceconnected.com/node/297

Copper Canyon Press
coppercanyonpress.org

Edgewood College
www.edgewood.edu

Institute of American Indian Arts, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts:
www.iaia.edu
www.iaia.edu/museum

Santa Fe Arts Institute
www.sfai.org

University of Venice Ca' Foscari
www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=60550

University of Wisconsin-Madison

516 Arts (Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director)
516Arts.org

Design
John Paul Rangel (Art Director, Asphalt Apache Design)
asphaltapachedesign.com

Sallie Wesaw Sloan (Designer, Museum of Contemporay Native Arts, A center of Institute of American Indian Arts)

Acknowledgements
Giancarlo Adorno and family

Marion H. Baker Fund for the Arts

Anna Cardinaletti, Professor and Head of Department, Universita? Ca' Foscari Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati

La Casa del Cinema

Mario Di Martino, Studio Dal Ponte, Venice
www.studioantoniodalponte.it

Federico Giugie, Osteria dal Pampo

Giulio Marra, Professor, Universita? Ca' Foscari Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati




For details in Venice please contact: Studio dal Ponte at: studiodalponte@libero.it tel. (041) 523-9315