SITE Santa Fe Announces Participating Artists and New Commissions

SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas

The upcoming exhibition, entitled much wider than a line, is part of SITE’s ongoing biennial series with a focus on Contemporary Art from the Americas

JULY 16, 2016 – JANUARY 8, 2017

PREVIEW EVENTS: July 13 – 15, 2016
PUBLIC OPENING: July 16, 2016

SITE Santa Fe is pleased to announce the participating artists and new commissions for the upcomingSITElines.2016 biennial opening on July 16, 2016. This will be the second installment in SITE Santa Fe’s reimagined biennial series with a focus on contemporary art from the Americas. The exhibition will feature over 30 artists from 15 countries and 5 new commissions organized around intersecting ideas brought together by a team of five curators−Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Kathleen Ash-Milby, Pip Day, Pablo León de la Barra, and Kiki Mazzucchelli.

This year’s biennial, titled much wider than a line, is an articulation of the interconnectedness of the Americas and various shared experiences such as the recognition of colonial legacies, expressions of the vernacular, the influence of indigenous understandings, and our relationship to the land.

much wider than a line takes its title from Leanne Simpson’s, Dancing on our Turtle’s Back, a book about life ways of Nishnaabeg people. In her accounts of non-colonial conceptions of nationhood and sovereignty, it is the joint care taking required in the overlapping territorial boundaries between one Indigenous nation and another that are traditionally relationship-building. The relationships that emerge are, like the borders themselves, much wider than a line.

The organizing principles of the exhibition take their cue from the remarkable amphitheater structure in Santa Fe designed by the architect Paolo Soleri. Commissioned in the 1960s by Lloyd Kiva New, then Arts Director of the newly founded Institute of American Indian Arts, the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater was originally built to support their groundbreaking curricula in contemporary American Indian drama. The organic concrete building drew on principles of Native American design, and was host to extraordinary performances of American Indian Theater that bridged cultures and histories. The amphitheater was completed in 1970 on the campus of the Santa Fe Indian School (established in 1890 to assimilate Native American children from tribes throughout the Southwestern United States). Today, the structure stands empty, derelict, and is very much a contested site. The amphitheater represents both a historically potent forum for the exploration of collaborative cross-cultural processes and a stand-in for complexities of geopolitical tensions that presently exist in the region and throughout the Americas.

Key thematic threads explored in much wider than a line include:

Vernacular Strategies
The importance of vernacular sources− in design, architecture, textiles, and technique− that influence the work of artists throughout the Americas.

Indigenous Understandings
Performance, ritual, histories, and materials drawn from indigenous sources, as they relate to the natural world.

Shared Territories
The complexity of networks and affinities in the Americas through questions around identity, race, borders, and emerging de-colonial practices.

Participating Artists (partial list):

Xenobia Bailey | USA
Lina Bo Bardi | Italy/Brazil
Margarita Cabrera | Mexico
Raven Chacon | USA
Benvenuto Chavajay | Guatemala
Mariana Castillo Deball | Mexico
Lewis DeSoto | USA
Aaron Dysart | USA
Carla Fernández | Mexico
Miguel Gandert | USA
Jeffrey Gibson | USA
Maria Hupfield  | Canada
Graciela Iturbide | Mexico
Zacharias Kunuk | Canada
Marta Minujin | Argentina
Paulo Nazareth | Brazil
Javier Téllez | Venezuela
Juana Valdés | Cuba
Erika Verzutti | Brazil

New commissions include:

Jonathas De Andrade | Brazil
Anna Boghiguian | Egypt
Sonya Kelliher-Combs | USA
William Cordova | Peru
Jorge González | Puerto Rico
Julia Rometti and Víctor Costales | France and Belarus

Research and Archival Contributions:

Margaret Randall | USA
Conrad Skinner | USA

SITE Center Community-Based Projects:

Pablo Helguera | Mexico
Francisca Benitez | Chile
much wider than a line Curatorial Team

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado (b. Santiago, Chile; lives in New York)
Kathleen Ash-Milby (b. Albuquerque, New Mexico; lives in New Jersey)
Pip Day (b. Chelmsford, UK; lives in Montréal)
Pablo León de la Barra (b. Mexico City; lives in Rio de Janeiro)
Kiki Mazzucchelli (b. São Paulo; lives in London)

SITElines Team

Irene Hofmann Phillips Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe
Candice Hopkins Managing Curator
Brandee Caoba Curatorial Assistant