SITElines-New perspectives on Art of the Americas

Episode 7 of Art Beat Conversations features artist Jamison Chas Banks. In our conversation Banks talks about an upcoming multi-faceted installation project he has been working on for a massive upcoming exhibition in Santa Fe, NM entitled SITElines

SITElines is a new biennial exhibition series that explores contemporary art from the Americas, spanning Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego. 

SITElines Santa Fe featuring the work of Jamison Chas Banks

SITElines Santa Fe featuring the work of Jamison Chas Banks

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The Santa Fe Reporter gives us a sneak peak into the installation and the thought process behind the work that Banks will be presenting at the SITElines biennial.

Check out this short video clip below blogged by SFR writer Enrique Limon.

More about SITE Lines:

A new biennial exhibition series that explores contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego   July 20, 2014 – January 2015 Opening Festivities July 17-19 SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas is a six­-year commitment to a series of linked exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas. The exhibitions will take place in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and will be organized by a different team of curators, from locations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Through SITElines, SITE will establish a new programming hub called SITEcenter to generate connectivity between and during the exhibitions.

SITElines signifies a radical rethinking of SITE Santa Fe’s signature biennial exhibition, originally established in 1995. It represents a collaborative structure for planning its biennials, a vision for continuity between biennials, a commitment to community and place, and a dedication to new and under­recognized perspectives. This new multi­dimensional approach—together with a strong geographic focus—redefines SITE’s role at the forefront of biennial exhibition making and proposes new curatorial frameworks for biennials globally.

For more information on the exhibition events and the work of Jamison Chas Banks for SITElines visit the SITE Santa Fe website

This is a stereotype.

Episode 2 of ABC is an interview with ceramic and mixed media artist Cannupa Hanska. Catch the podcast release March 10th, 2014 for the full story.

One of Cannupa's recent exhibitions was a conceptual body entitled Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American. It showed at the MoCNA in Santa Fe, NM August thru December of 2013. At the end of this exhibition Cannupa Hanska proceeded to break the seven ceramic boom-box vessels he had meticulously created, each embodying a stereotype of The Native American. This exhibition was reviewed with a mix of emotions by viewers and ultimately left the audience thinking, feeling and reacting.

Stereotype: The Stefani. Ceramic/Mixed Media. Cannupa Hanska

Stereotype: The Stefani. Ceramic/Mixed Media. Cannupa Hanska

In my opinion evoking participation from the observer, positive or negative, profound or subtle, is the true test to a lasting context within a body of work, even if the work itself is destroyed. This exhibition did just that, and it also continues the much needed dialogue regarding cultural appropriation and stereotyping of indigenous culture.

ARTslant magazine wrote an intriguing review of the exhibition, read it HERE

Indigenous filmmaker Dylan McLaughlin documented Cannupa's Stereotype exhibition and performance in a short film, Breaking the Stereotype. The two artists are currently working on launching a crowd funding initiative this month in order to create a full length film that will further explore this topic. I will post a link to the project when it launches. 


Here is the short film on Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American, produced by Dylan's studio, INVISIBLE LABORATORY.