Relational Tectonics and Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation
January 21-March 5, 2022
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Relational Tectonics and Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation are two site-specific collaborative exhibitions of commissioned and existing works and public programming opening in the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University. Both collaborative installations showcase New Mexico based artists who investigate resilience, vulnerability, community, and intimacy. Nikesha Breeze presents a large-scale multidimensional exhibition Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation, that surfaces the collective traumas, histories, rituals, and healing of the African Diaspora in the Southwest. Through site-specific installation, sculpture, paintings, film and live performance, Breeze seamlessly weaves African Diasporic history and their own ancestral connection to Blackdom, NM, the state’s first all-Black community. The second collaborative installation, entitled Relational Tectonics, by artists Ryan Denison, Eliza Lutz, Cedar Elford-White, Hendrix Olson, and F.A. Marie is structured around the intimate complexities of one of our most private spaces, the bedroom; a space where we undress and redress our worlds. This intimate space is expressed through textile, beaded, printed and other tactile mediums to address the intersections of identity, relation to land, disability, desire, and fluid expression. Relational Tectonics and Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation connects a community of artworks that asserts the voices of people, histories and relationships that are often sidelined by dominant narratives.
“This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of
Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Image left: Nikesha Breeze, The Arc of Return, 2021, Baltic birch, hand-etched copper plates, copper mesh, 96 x 48 x 18 in, Photo credit: Form & Concept / Byron Flesher.
Image right: Eliza Lutz – Able IV – Embroidered monotype – 9”x10” – 2021.