The exhibition features a timely look at four Indigenous women artists who speak to issues on both sides of the U.S border and whose practice is guided by current contemporary issues of identity, self-determination, and human rights and their impacts on the human experience. The works explore and question how Indigenous women interact with the land we inhabit. The layering of symbolism and meaning in the art, and deconstructing concepts like memory, cultural heritage, and political symbols, form the basis of this exhibition from politically engaged women artists of color: Makaye Lewis (Tohono O’odham), Daisy Quezada Ureña (Mexican-American), M. Jenea Sanchez (Latinx), and Gabriela Muñoz (Latinx).
Makaye Lewis states, “As a Tohono O’odham citizen, my art stems from environmental influences and my culture. I come from a Tribal nation on the border, and we never experienced removal from our traditional lands. I am comforted knowing that I am where I am meant to be. Still, I find discomfort in knowing the many issues that arise when an imaginary political line leaves half my reservation in the United States and half in Mexico.”