STTLMNT: an Indigenous digital world wide occupation…
Conceived as a month-long encampment in Central Park, Plymouth, UK, Settlement was to take place summer of 2020 within the context of the Mayflower 400 commemoration events. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and with over two years of planning, we have pivoted away from onsite engagement. In the spirit of survivance, we have reimagined this monumental site-specific project as an innovative year-long digital occupation. Participating artists have gracefully adapted their projects as a succession of online performances, artist discussions, social engagements, and films. Presented throughout the fall and winter of 2020, this new work invites global audiences to have meaningful interaction with the Indigenous people of North America and the Pacific.
STTLMNT maintains the ethos of Indigenization as well as the strategy of occupation. By reclaiming (digital) space, we not only find ways to disseminate our post-colonial art works but we stake a radical, visionary claim on the future. You are invited in to experience this digital occupation, and as you do please practice respect and understanding. This is our work, our world vision, our heart, our future dreaming, our technology, our stories, our complexity, our resilience, our pain, our beauty, our art and our community. Together we hope to learn deeper and question further, ultimately dismantling the amnesia wrought by Colonialism.
STTLMNT features the work of Dayna Danger, Demian DinéYazhi ́, Raven Chacon, Candice Hopkins, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Laura Ortman, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Tania Willard, Emily Johnson, Jeremy Dennis, Yatika Starr Fields, Sterlin Harjo, Marie Watt, Eric-Paul Riege, Tania Larsson, Raven Halfmoon, Elisa Lorraine Harkins, Haley Greenfeather English, Katherine Paul, Christine Howard Sandoval, Santiago X, Nicholas Galanin, Nanibah & Autumn Chacon, Rory Wakemup, Dakota Camacho, Jade Begay, Stina Hamlin, Razelle Benally, Camas Logue, Kathy Elkwoman Whitman, Ian Kuali’i, Dylan McLaughlin