A video by Winter Count
The Nations of all living things are being destroyed in this pursuit.
We acknowledge that the need to protect water and land is increasing in every part of the world.
As human beings we are responsible to the ancestors and descendants of all living things for how we live.
So we bring together our minds as artists to cultivate gratitude and respect for water, land, and the interdependence of all things living in this world.
Through our work we bind together our diverse ancestry and cultures, to honor and protect water and land.
As artists we tell stories, stories learned from each other, from land, water and all our relatives.
We are listening, we are watching, we are holding up reflectors, waving flags, singing the horizon and telling the story of how we are now.
As artists we are making visions and asking how we can be, what we can make for our children, and our grandchildren’s children.'
About the artistsWinter Count currently consists of five members, based in New Mexico and elsewhere. They produce film, video, sound installation works, performance, sculpture, drawing, storytelling, and song composition. Since 2016, they have been focused primarily on gathering audio and video in Standing Rock, ND, the Oceti Sakowin camp, Missouri and Cannonball Rivers, Lake Oahe, the DAPL route, the Bakken oil fields, Lake Sakakawea, and the land holding all these things. The collective is named for a pictorial calendar on which Native Americans in North America record tribal events. Winter Counts were used most extensively by Plains Indians.
ABOUT THE CURATORSNadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib have been artist-collaborators since 2008. Hironaka serves as the department chair of film and video at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Suib is co-founder of Greenhouse Media. Their large-scale, often immersive moving-image installations use original and appropriated imagery and unique soundtracks to challenge popular understandings of History and Culture. They’ve exhibited their work at Fondazione MAXXI (Rome), Institute for Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), PS1/MoMA, and elsewhere. In 2015, they were awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. From 2007 to 2010 they ran a moving image gallery called SCREENING.
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