Air, Land, Seed

Air, Land, Seed

Air, Land, Seed addresses global tensions between home and exile, drawing from the unique perspectives of the indigenous peoples of Native North America. Nine contemporary artists engaged in the politicized medium of printmaking/paper will exhibit works that question the forced displacements and ideologies that define our collective contemporary existence. This reappropriation of colonial markers – flags, boats and airwaves – subverts the control and militarization of indigenous homelands. Through participatory live print actions, performance, exhibition and dialogue, artists will repurpose these potent icons inscribed in the US Marine credo: “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country’s battles, in the air, on land and sea."

Artists include:

Faisal Abdu'Allah Henry Payer 
Emily Arthur Duane Slick
Marwin Begaye C. Maxx Stevens      
John Hitchcock Dyani White Hawk
Ryan O'Malley

516 ARTS announces its first artist-in-residence project in partnership with the NPN/Visual Artists Network. The residency with guest artists John Hitchcock and Emily Arthur coincides with
Air, Land, Seed and will culminate in a large-scale printmaking installation in the front of the gallery titled Impact Vs. Influence.

Air, Land, Seed is curated by a collaborative group of artists, art educators and curators, lead by Nancy Marie Mithlo and John Hitchcock, with Elisabetta Frasca, Paul Baker Prindle and Sarah Anne Stolte. Air, Land, Seed is the group’s seventh indigenous exhibition at the Venice Biennale (1999-2013) and the fifth collaborative event with the University of Venice. This year, directly after their participation in the 2013 Venice Biennale, their project will continue at 516 ARTS for an exhibition, residency and series of public events.

Air, Land, Seed is part of a summer/fall series of public programs presented by 516 ARTS titled Place/Displaced, addressing cultural identity through the significance of place and is in concurrent with the exhibition Octopus Dreams.




Exhibition Catalog:
Air, Land, Seed &
Octopus Dreams




Women's Focus on KUNM
Interview by Megan Kamerick with Nancy Marie Mithlo, Suzanne Fricke, Beverly Morris and Deborah Jojola
Originally aired June 22, 2013


read: Art exhibits expand time, place by Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, June 30, 2013

read: New Mexico Ascendant by Jon Carver, Art. Ltd., July 2013

read: Still here, thank you by Tamon Rasberry, Local IQ, June 18, 2013

read: Indigenous and Global: two new shows at 516 ARTSARTS, by Eva Avenue, Pyragraph Online Magazine, June 2013

read: CCA and 516; Nonprofit Art Spaces Create Cultural Hubs p. 38, by Kelly Koepke, TREND Magazine, Summer 2013


Archive: Opening day events on Saturday, June 29 included Print Blitz and Parade of Flags (9am at the Downtown Growers' Market), Public Forum: Indigenous Arts in Global Contexts (4pm), Opening Reception (4-6pm) with Music by Ramon Bermudez, Jr. and opening comments by special guests City Councilor Isaac Benton and Travis Sauzo, Executive Director, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. 

Related Events:

Public Viewing & Interaction: Tuesday, June 25 – Thursday, June 27, 12-5pm
Impact Vs. Influence: Banners, Flags and Give-Aways

Public Print Project: Saturday, June 29, 9am
Print Blitz and Parade of Flags

Public Forum: Saturday, June 29, 4pm
Indigenous Arts in Global Contexts

516 WORDS: Thursday, August 29, 7pm
Sherwin Bitsui & Luci Tapahonso

Closing Day Give-Away Event: Saturday, September 21, 11am
Private Curators' Talk & Print Give-Away

image above: Emily Arthur, Water Moccasin (with Shot) (detail), etching and chine colle, 15 x 20 inches  



  • Air, Land, Seed: Emily Arthur, Water Moccasin (with Shot), etching and chine colle, 15x20 in
  • Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye, John Hitchcock, Equivalencies, screenprint, drawing, 44x30 in
  • Air, Land, Seed: Henry Payer, Air, Land, Seed, Panel 1 (detail), mixed media collage, 15x10 in
  • Air, Land, Seed: Marwin Begaye, Rider of the Storm (detail), woodblock print, 12x10 in