Broken Boxes

August 18 - October 22 2017

form & concept  435 S Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM

An exhibition featuring the art and ideas of over 40 visual artists, filmmakers, sound artists, activists, performance artists and community organizers from around the world who are affecting change with their work.

THE BOX can be considered as the limitations of conventionality. BREAKING THE BOX or to think outside the box, is to explore ideas that challenge the prevailing current thought within a society and which are not limited or controlled by rules, tradition or an imposed narrative.

Participating Artists:

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Bethany Matai Edmunds, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Cara Romero, Chip Thomas, Chris Pappan, Christi Belcourt, Demian DinéYazhi', Douglas Miles, Dylan McLaughlin, Esther Neff, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Freyr A. Marie, Ian Kuali'i, IV Castellanos, Jason Lujan, Jess X Snow, Jesse Hazelip, Kim Smith, Kimi Werner, Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, Lorianne 'Elle Seven' Hernandez, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Merritt Johnson, Micah Blacklight, Micah ‘The Werewulf’ Wesley, Michael Two Bulls, Miyuki Baker, Monica Canilao, Nanibah 'Nani' Chacon, Nicholas Galanin, Patrick 'CLOUDFACE' Burnham, Raven Chacon, Razelle Benally, Rose B. Simpson, Sophie Rousmaniere, Tania Willard, Te Rawhitiroa Bosch, Thomas 'BREEZE' Marcus, Ursula Johnson, Valentina Gonzalez, Yatika Starr Fields

Co-curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger


The intention of the Broken Boxes podcast project and any accompanying text or exhibitions is to center Indigenous artists, activist focused artists, Queer/Trans/NonBinary artists, women identifying artists, artists of color and mixed/lost/stolen heritage artists. This project does not support or promote any one human experience above of or instead of any other, and the approach is to engage in alliance through sharing experience of the artist's process, unfolding all the layers it takes to make each artist a unique creative force. Focusing on the complexity of existence as the beauty of existence, this project explores the points of intersection we all share as intricate human beings and humbly strives to find viable approaches to move forward and see each other in ways that may promote safe space, healing and solidarity.

At all times consideration and respect has been taken for the featured artist, their work, their story and their self identification processing. This project centers artists whose stories are complex, nonlinear and multifaceted, artists who have narratives that challenge a society's predetermination of them. This project acknowledges that there are multiple layers of trauma to work through in relationship to existing in the in-between spaces of a society, and this project focuses to respect that vulnerability. With this in mind the project's aim is to hold safe space for artists to archive their stories, and to provide a platform for them to speak about their work and lives without any imposed narrative, or proposed approach to format. The space developed for sharing in this way has the goal to also provide insight and inspirations to those engaging in the project as listener/viewer, contributing support cognition for their own existence and contributing to less isolation, anxiety and hesitation when working through the daily deconstructions of an oppressive patriarchal society.


Broken Boxes events at form & concept

5-6:15 pm
-Onsite discussion and public engagement with Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth and film maker Keri Pickett, creator of First Daughter and the Black Snake 

  • Purchase tickets for Red Nation Film Festival screening of First Daughter and the Black Snake film screening August 18th, 7pm at Violet Crown Cinema in Santa Fe, NM HERE

-Pop-up installation of The Art of Indigenous Resistance, traveling exhibition. On view August 18-20.
-Food provided by Earth Defenders Kim Smith and Makai Lewis

-DJ selections by 13pieces
-Multiple participating artists onsite

Music - BBQ - Giveaways - Live Paint - Honoring the Artists

Live collective painting with participating exhibition artists including Douglas Miles, Nani Chacon, Micah Wesley, Yatika Starr Fields, Rose B. Simpson, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Freyr A. Marie, Kim Smith, Thomas 'BREEZE' Marcus, Demian DinéYazhi' and more. Live cut paper demonstration by Ian Kuali’i.

Collective live paintings/ and live cut paper work by Ian Kuali’i will be auctioned off following the Broken Boxes exhibition to support cultural practitioner and activist Pua Case with her crucial work in protection of the land and water. 

This event is a celebration for the artists who have contributed their time and energy to the Broken Boxes exhibition and whose work continues to lift up our communities and sustain our growth and vibrancy as human beings. We acknowledge you and are grateful for your work, thank you! 

Gallery Talk | Sunday, August 20, 3-4 pm

-Curator talk with Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger
-Podcast archiving/narrative talk Sterlin Harjo of The Cuts
-Artist roundtable talk featuring Demian DinéYazhi', Frank Buffalo Hyde, Rose B. Simpson, Nani Chacon, Douglas Miles, Cara Romero, Ian Kuali’i, and Yatika Starr Fields.

Artist lectures, special guests, workshops, film screenings and performance programming will extend throughout the run of the exhibition. 



Broken Boxes Imagery  by participating Artist   Jesse Hazelip. 2017

Broken Boxes Imagery by participating Artist Jesse Hazelip. 2017