In Minnesota, Listening to Native Perspectives on Memorializing the Dakota War

In Minnesota, Listening to Native Perspectives on Memorializing the Dakota War

Sheila Regan for HYPERALLERGIC June 15, 2017 – The outcry over Sam Durant’s sculpture at the Walker Art Center has provoked reflections on past memorials for the US–Dakota War, and how Dakota Nation voices continue to be ignored.

MINNEAPOLIS — In 1990, Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds installed a public installation along the Mississippi River on the east side of Downtown Minneapolis called “Building Minnesota,” which recognized the Dakota men who were hung by the United States Government at the end of the US–Dakota War of 1862. Each of the white, metal signs contained one of the names of the men hung in the largest mass execution in the country’s history, known as the Dakota 38 + 2, including the two additional warriors who were hung later under the order of Andrew Johnson. The signs also each contain the phrase “Death by Hanging,” and the name of Abraham Lincoln, who signed the order for the execution, as well as two with Andrew Johnson’s name.

Not everyone loved the piece. Heap of Birds says that he received criticism because of the negative portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. “They thought it was a betrayal,” he said in a recent interview with Hyperallergic.

On the other hand, a remarkable phenomenon happened. After the piece went up, offerings on the artwork began to appear — sweat lodge ties, peace flags, eagle feathers, and other remembrances. “That showed how much people cared, and that they saw it as a religious, or a medicine place,” Heap of Birds said. The installation became more than a piece of art, but rather a place of healing and remembrance.

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MIA HANAK – Executive Director of TAHOE PUBLIC ART – is a first generation American born in SF
A Visit to Banksy’s New Hotel in Bethlehem

A Visit to Banksy’s New Hotel in Bethlehem

A photo essay for HYPERALLERGIC, Mar 5, 2017 – Banksy is back in the West Bank and drawing attention to the continuing struggle for Palestinian independence.

BETHLEHEM, Occupied Palestinian Territories — Last Friday, Banksy’s new art venture into the Palestinian Occupied Territories was revealed to the local public and the world at large: the Walled Off Hotel. The artist already runs a Banksy Gift Shop in the city of Bethlehem, but the latest project is more ambitious and consists of nine rooms and a suite, with what is billed as “the worst view in the world.”

Beginning on March 11, the Banksy hotel will open in the Holy Land. Visitors will be able to enjoy site-specific art by the British artist while staying at a posh place with all the amenities and services of a luxury accommodation. The hotel is located on Karytas Hospital Street and right by Israeli Checkpoint 300, which is steps away from the Aida Palestinian refugee camp. The site has larger-than-life views of Israel’s West Bank barrier wall, commonly referred to as the Apartheid Wall by local Palestinians. The hotel is also near the five-star Intercontinental Hotel, which is situated in a manner that hides a view of the Aida refugee camp from the main street.

We talked to local Palestinians about the Walled Off Hotel, and in summary, here is what we know about this top-secret project. Those contracted to work on it maintained the secrecy of what they were doing until the announcement was made to coincide with a soft opening and press invitations. Although some people were skeptical that this is project that normalizes the occupation and settler colonialism in Palestine, the majority seems to view the project favorably as advancing awareness of the Palestinian struggle for justice and liberation…

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YUGE ZHOU – video media artist – a Chinese born, Chicago-based artist whose video and installation works