A member of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe), Rebecca Belmore is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist. She was the first Native woman artist to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale. Her works are rooted in the political and social realities of Indigenous communities and make evocative connections between bodies, land, and language.
Saw Kill Creek is a tributary of the Mahicannituck (the waters that flow both ways), the original name for the Hudson River in Mohican. The performance Sawkill (2023) begins with performers gathering at the eponymous creek and walking together, in a procession, carrying creek water and clay for the making of a monument on the grounds of the Hessel Museum. The durational performance will take place over the full day of the exhibition opening and culminate in front of Belmore’s large-scale commission, which is mounted on the facade of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, for the run of Indian Theater. Composed of one of Belmore’s signature motifs, used work coveralls, the tapestry reflects her commitments to labor, to the working class, and to lesser-told, sometimes forcibly obscured stories, histories, and lives.
Rebecca Belmore, a member of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe), is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist who creates evocative connections between bodies, land, and language, rooted in the political and social realities of Indigenous communities.
Daina Warren, curator and scholar, is a member of the Montana Cree Nation in Maskwacis (Bear Hills), Alberta. Warren is Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program Manager at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She was formerly the director of Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba.