Demian DinéYazhi’

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Demian DinéYazhi´’s artwork is materialized through the lens of art production, site-specific installation(s), poetic expression, social engagement, and curatorial inquiry. DinéYazhi´ was raised in a matrilineal household and his maternal grandfather served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker. The undercurrents of DinéYazhi´s work include a reverence toward traditional Diné practices, storytelling, traditional ceremonies, and  acknowledging the criticality & sacredness of land, while simultaneously challenging contemporary archetypes of authenticity and jurisdiction. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Demian is the founder of the artist/activist initiative R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. DinéYazhi´ also serves as co-editor of the zine Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. He is the recipient of the Henry Art Museum’s Brink Award 2017 and will have a solo exhibition opening at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA in March 2018.