Exhibition - Land Akin

Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 at 12:00pm

Smack Mellon Gallery
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Artists: Tatiana Arocha, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Rachelle Dang, Athena LaTocha, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Allison Maria Rodriguez, Christine Howard Sandoval, and Kiyan Williams.

Land Akin features BIPOC artists who are making work through embodied practices that convey cultural ways of knowing by engaging deep connections with land and place. Their work challenges us to reenvision our relationship to the land from a decolonial perspective. In this exhibition, kinship operates as a joining dynamic that aligns decolonial views of race and ecology, attempting to subvert the western capitalist mentality of land as property to be owned, conquered, or exploited for its natural resources. Instead, Land Akin advocates for a reimagining of the land as family or ancestry, to be respected and treated with reverence. Learning to foster our relationship with the natural world is a strategy for developing kinship among ourselves as people who share the earth, and ultimately, for recognizing that we are all part of nature. Contending with the generational trauma of colonialism, the artists in this exhibition employ hybrid artistic modes that emerge from the tactics of resilience and adaptation often mirrored in the impacted landscapes they are from. Their work shares an investment in remaking a vision of ecological, Black, Brown, and Indigenous futures, where fragmented and intersectional modes of cultural knowledge can be rebuilt, embodied, and revived.

We acknowledge the traditional, ancestral, unceded homelands of the Lenape, the Munsee, the Manahatin, the Canarsie, the Matinecock, the Shinnecock, and other Indigenous nations. We respect that many Indigenous people continue to live and work on this land and recognize their ongoing contributions to this area.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, Select Equity Group Foundation, many individuals and Smack Mellon’s Members.

Exhibition Date: January 9, 2021 - February 21, 2021 

Free Admission 

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