it's not about the land

3 Nov 2016 – 7 Nov 2016

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Opening night: 6 – 9 pm 3 November, 2016
Opening Hours: 10 – 7 pm 4 – 7 November, 2016
Artist Talk 3 - 4 pm 5 November, 2016

Hoxton Arches

London, United Kingdom


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Magnuson's first solo exhibition is a multi-media exploration of a Native American community and their relationship with the land, as well as her own position as an outsider.


Opening on the First Thursday - East London night, its not about the land is Melissa Magnuson’s first solo exhibition. This work comprises large format photography, in situ installation that includes remnants of the landscape and video installation to explore the relationship of a Native American community with the land, as well as her own position as an outsider. The London based American born artist presents a facet of her recurring themes which include social identity constructs and complexities within landscape and power. She considers landscape not as an object, but a dynamic process that entrenches power relations and forms social identities.


A critical component of her work method is the collaborative aspect of it; the integration of various players in the dialogue. In this particular context, she is reflecting on traces left behind three generations after the attempted cultural genocide of the Apache tribe by the US Government. The impact of post colonialism is explored through the activism, tribal rituals and day to day existence of people living on the “rez” in San Carlos Arizona.


The work invites the viewer to consider the geopolitical realities of the San Carlos Apache community, while renegotiating the contradictory myths and what might be called history of the people, landscape and politics without a particular agenda. The challenge is to allow the complexity of the material shape a point of view.


For further information about this exhibition, Melissa Magnuson’s work or any other queries, please contact Evlyne Laurin, artist liaison: e.laurin@melissamagnuson.com or +44 790 168 687


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