Center for Book Arts Conference

For the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, Hupfield and VLC Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives Re’al Christian will discuss via ZOOM the development of Hupfield’s first artist book project which features contributions by a 35 Indigenous performance artists. This project brings visibility to the performative, or the performative, through an anticolonial, Native lens.

Together they will consider the questions:

How do we translate performance as a living art form connected to specific bodies, peoples, and land, to book form while avoiding the pitfalls of the archive as a static object?What stories become political agents in the liberation of the archive from its colonial underpinnings and structure?What can we learn from Indigenous artistic modes of making and practice that art based in notions of place to open spaces for reciprocity and multiplicity?

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