September 20–December 8, 2019
September 20, 6–9 pm
Artist Nicholas Galanin’s (Yéil Ya-Tseen) broad and ranging studio practice is one of simultaneous resistance and creation. In his work, Galanin offers “a perspective rooted in connection to land and an intentionally broad engagement with contemporary culture.” Galanin strategically “embeds incisive observations” and critical thought into his work, “investigating and expanding intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound.”
Throughout his practice Galanin addresses the “impacts of pervasive capitalism, the continuation of colonization of human and non-human bodies, and misrepresentation and misappropriation of Indigenous culture,” in an effort to “evidence these damages.” In his exhibition, Everything We’ve Ever Been, Everything We Are Right Now, Galanin “disrupts outside definitions, limitations and representations of Indigenous culture, while illuminating and celebrating the value of Indigenous knowledge, aesthetics and continuum.”
Through diverse media — including jewelry, carving, video, sculpture, photography, music, installation, performance, works on paper and hide — Galanin creates for his “Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities while rejecting attempts to place living cultural work in the past.” He states, “My totemic carving is as contemporary as my video work; each speaks to contemporary concerns in different contexts.”
His forthcoming exhibition at the Law Warschaw Gallery provides a thoughtful and critically Indigenous lens to view contemporary American culture and its complexity.