In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra

On the occasion of Nicholas Galanin: In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra, Public Art Fund presents ​​a series of free programs exploring Land and borders from Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. Our calendar includes public performances, in-depth conversations, and artmaking workshops with artists and activists.

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Screenprinting with Mobile Print Power

Saturday, August 5 and Saturday, August 19, 2023
Corona Plaza, Queens
Saturday, September 2, 2023
Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn, Brooklyn

Share how you experience the social, cultural, and political issues around borders through one of the hands-on screenprinting sessions led by the Queens-based collective Mobile Print Power (MPP). Using their participatory design methodology and portable silkscreen printmaking carts, MPP will engage with communities in Queens to co-create new graphic works to be printed in public spaces.

Sovereign Futures: A Conversation About Land Use in New York City

Thursday, September 14, 2023
Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth St, Brooklyn

Organized in partnership with Smack Mellon, this convening brings together multiple perspectives on Land, including those of Indigenous, Black, and Brown artists and community leaders. The conversation will explore what it means to defend territory in New York’s current context, focusing on how to build alliances between artists and organizations working to reclaim Land and fighting against multiple forms of displacement and dispossession.

Public Art Fund Talks: Nicholas Galanin

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
The Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10008

Join Nicholas Galanin (Lingít and Unangax̂) as he discusses how he envisions, builds, and supports Indigenous sovereignty through his artistic practice. This talk will highlight how the past two decades of work led him to create his first public artwork in New York City, In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra. This new sculpture considers the legacy of colonization and its impact on migration and our relationships with Land across generations and cultures.

Performance with Raven Chacon and Laura Ortman

Saturday, October 21, 2023
Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn, Brooklyn

Playing together for the first time in public space, the multi-awarded composers Raven Chacon (Navajo) and Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) will present a site-specific improvisational performance. In an evening of experimentation, Chacon and Ortman will incorporate field recordings from Brooklyn Bridge Park with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments.

The programs that accompany In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra are curated by Gabriela López Dena, Associate Curator of Public Practice.