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October 26, 2023 – December 23, 2023
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirits is both an epidemic and a movement. It is essential that we understand there is a connection between Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirits and the extractive industries.
Justice addresses the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirits. It goes hand in hand with the commodification and exploitation of Indigenous lands and resources. When that happens it makes it easier to objectify, fetishize and exploit Indigenous people.
These women, girls and two spirits held important roles in their communities. They made decisions, they held spots on tribal council, they worked to revitalize languages, they carried cultural knowledge and memory. The MMIWG2S were grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters and cousins.
Can you feel the breath of their whispers calling?
Presented by Forward Arts Foundation
Valaria Tatera is a Wisconsin based visual artist, activist, lecturer, curator and an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Valaria graduated with a MFA in 3-D from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Her work explores the impact of colonization on Indigenous erasure, visibility and resilience. The
intention is “for the work to indigenize and hold space for statistics that often erase the individual”. She is a recipient of the 2021 Foundation for Contemporary Art micro grant and the 2022 Mary Nohl fellowship for the established artist category. Recently, her work has been exhibited at the Haggerty Museum, Mitchell Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Madeline Island Museum, Trout Museum, Wyoming Museum, All My Relations Gallery, Truax Gallery Madison College and Sweet Briar College. She is a co-curator of No More Stolen Sisters. Her work can be found on instagram valariatatera_art or at valariatatera.com
- Curated by Erika Diamond