Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Queer and Trans People BEAD PROJECT:
2” beads made from clay, unfired are requested from our communities to complete a monumental beaded portrait which will be created by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger from a photograph taken by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer. This collaboration with community acknowledges our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Queer and Trans people. In Canada alone, the number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was at 4,000 in 2016 as noted in research gathered by the Native Women's Association of Canada.
We are aware that the narrative of MMIWQT expands beyond a specific region, and by starting here, with acknowledging this number and this place for this specific portrait and creating collectively, we can move forward and continue to address MMIWQT in all of our respective homelands. This community engagement is meant to activate our processing of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People through the action of doing and feeling in a collective effort to say ‘this is enough’.
As you create, we ask you to hold awareness that each one of these beads represents an individual from our Indigenous communities that we have lost.
Please pack well and send unfired clay beads anytime up until April 1, 2018 to this address:
Cannupa Hanska Luger
Institute of American Indian Arts
83 A Van Nu Po
Santa Fe, NM 87508
-Or you can drop off at the Institute of American Indian Arts for Cannupa Hanska Luger at the Ceramic Department
-Cut a 2” thick slab of white clay into 2” squares
-By hand, roll each square into a circular bead form
-If you would like to add the hole in the center to create the bead, which is optional, be sure it is 1/4” wide in center of bead.
-Let dry (if you have access to a kiln, you are welcome to fire the white clay beads to bisque, but not required)
-Pack and send
**This project will result a pixilated portrait created with the ceramic beads. Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger will stain the surface of the white clay beads to create color variants. Uniformity of surface on the beads (basic, quick circular 2" form created by hand with 1/4" hole) and beads created with white clay will be the most effective to create readability of the monumental portrait image.
Organized project engagement opportunities and public resource:
- Park Avenue Armory New York: Looking Back Looking Forward. Artist Salon Sessions. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12:00–8:15 PM
- Plains Art Museum Bead Project Community Workshop. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6-9pm
- Santa Fe Clay offers discounted clay purchase, kiln and studio access for participants in the MMIWQT Bead Project
- Community Bead Project: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Sunday, February 24, 2018. 10am – 4pm FREE
- A'Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project and Tewa Women United host bead workshop, March 3, 2018 12-4pm FREE
Thank you to all contributing communities and institutions to date including:
- Idyllwild Arts, CA
- Santa Fe Clay, NM
- Young New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, NY
- Plains Art Museum, ND
- Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, NM
- Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, NY
- A'Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project, NM
- Tewa Women United, NM
- Institute of American Indian Arts, NM
- Shambhala School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
MMIWQT Video Production: Razelle Benally
MMIWQT Audio Production: Ginger Dunnill
MMIWQT Artist: Cannupa Hanska Luger
MMIWQT Photographer Collaboration: Kali Spitzer