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Curatorial Activism & Representation, a conversation with Dennis Red-Moon Darkeem and Dawn Delikat

  • Art and Social Activism Festival 32 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002 (map)

As part of the Art and Social Activism Festival

On Thursday, October 10, 6:30 PM
Monika Fabijanska will moderate a conversation on
Curatorial Activism & Representation
with the exhibiting artist Dennis RedMoon Darkeem,
and Associate Director of Pen + Brush, Dawn Delikat.

Free with registration in advance:

Central to the practice of many of the Festival artists, identity representation is rooted in the experiences of members of the marginalized communities: the colonized indigenous and enslaved blacks, as well as the new immigrants. It often finds its expression through feminist art, environmental art and social practice.

DENNIS REDMOON DARKEEM’s work is a critique of social and political issues affecting Native Americans; institutionalized racism and classism, jarring stereotypes, and displacement. As a Maroon artist living in New York City, his work reflects personal experiences of racial biases against a brown-skinned, mixed-blood Native American, fed by the media and Hollywood’s stereotypical perception of Native Americans. Incorporating craftwork aesthetic to connect tradition with the contemporary, he aims to show that the history of indigenous people on the East Coast is alive, resilient, and connected through tribal customs and traditions: “I strive to be the voice for unheard voices.”

DAWN DELIKAT, Associate Director of Pen + Brush
Pen + Brush is a 125-year-old publicly supported not-for-profit fighting for gender equity in the arts. P+B provides a platform to showcase the work of female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace. We encourage and mentor emerging professionals and aim to expose the stereotypes and misconceptions that perpetuate gender-based exclusion, lack of recognition and the devaluation of skill that is still experienced by women in the arts.

Dignity: Care for Each Other and Our Planet
explores themes of identity and representation, displacement and immigration, and environmental degradation. Curated by Nick Cohn and Monika Fabijanska.

September 26 - October 20, 2019
Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am – 7pm
Admission to the festival during public hours is free.
Evening programs are free with registration in advance: