“Maria Hupfield is a maker, a mover, a connector, an Anishinaabe-kwe and a member of Wasauksing First Nation. Like the artist herself, Hupfield’s work is never static. Her performances, sculptures and installations reference different spans and scales of times. The projects specifically reflect her resistance to the Western tendency to essentialize Native artists and treat them as interchangeable producers of exotic cultural experiences. Hupfield intervenes in white art institutions by inserting Indigenous knowledge structures into their practices. She values expansive exchange over isolation, and inclusion over hierarchy.” – Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Art in America, October 2017
Based in Brooklyn New York I am a member of the Anishinaabek Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. My first major institutional solo exhibit The One Who Keeps on Giving, is currently traveling and is a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto in partnership with Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; and Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris. The show includes a catalog with essays by Richard W. Hill, Crystal Migwans and a conversation with New York based Artist, Andrea Geyer. This show builds on previous projects that have travelled internationally with Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and selected for SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe 2016. I am a current Triangle Artist in Resident 2018, the first Indigenous Fellow at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, ISCP in New York 2018 and finishing a residency with Native Art Department International at DTA/FABnyc in the Lower East Side.
Together with my husband artist Jason Lujan, we co-own Native Art Department International based out of China Town New York, a project focused on presenting artwork by artists with demonstrated ongoing commitment to Native American communities alongside and on par with international artists. I also sing with Nishnaabekwewag Negamonid a three-member Anishinaabe women’s hand drumming group based in Brooklyn, NY. We are committed to language and cultural revitalization, using song to disrupt colonial spaces and speak to prior, persisting Indigenous presences. The group was born as part of an Anti-Columbus Day action in the American Museum of Natural History in 2016 and 2017.
Like my late mother and settler accomplice father I am an advocate of Anishinaabek Womanism, Indigenous Feminisms, Accomplice building and Activism.
The work on this website represents a selection of recent projects and activities for more information on all my work contact me at email: MariaHupfield@gmail.com
My work is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montreal Quebec Canada.
Artist profile video by Dylan Mclaughlin: https://vimeo.com/113761812
Interview in NO More Potlucks: http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/close-encounters-of-a-third-kind-an-interview-with-maria-hupfield-andrea-zeffiro/