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SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA
July 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015
With Shuvinai Ashoona, Jamison Chas Banks, Raymond Boisjoly, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Buckingham, Adriana Bustos, Johanna Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Liz Cohen, Minerva Cuevas, Blue Curry, Agnes Denes, Juan Downey, Gianfranco Foschino, Futurefarmers, Anna Bella Geiger, Andrea Geyer, Frank Gohlke, Pablo Helguera, James Hyde, Deborah Jack, Yishai Jusidman, Leandro Katz, Irene Kopelman, Miler Lagos, Glenda León, Ric Lum, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chaves, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jason Middlebrook, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Kent Monkman, Patrick Nagatani, Florence Miller Pierce, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Marcel Pinas, Edward Poitras, Marcos Ramírez ERRE & David Taylor, Kevin Schmid, Allan Sekula, Melanie Smith, Charles Stankievech, Clarissa Tossin and Antonio Vega Macotela.
SITElines signifies a radical rethinking of SITE Santa Fe’s signature biennial exhibition, originally established in 1995. It represents a collaborative structure for planning biennials, a vision for continuity between biennials, a commitment to community and place, and a dedication to new and under recognized art. Unsettled Landscapes is the first exhibition in the SITElines series.
Unsettled Landscapes looks at the urgencies, political conditions, and historical narratives that inform the work of contemporary artists across the Americas. Through three themes—landscape, territory, and trade—this exhibition expresses the interconnections between representations of the land, movement across the land, and economies and resources derived from the land.
“Today, following the phase of intensive self-examination, SITE Santa Fe’s biennial has been transformed,” said Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe. “It now looks to geography as a structural framework, to the history of New Mexico as an inspiration, and to the Americas as a vast territory for exploration. Leaving behind the official designation “SITE Santa Fe International Biennial,” this new exhibition series, SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, directs attention to the layers of history and culture embedded in Santa Fe, its surroundings and in relation to the entire Western Hemisphere.”
Unsettled Landscapes will include 45 artists and artists’ collaboratives from 16 countries. Of these works included in the exhibition, there will be 13 new commissions, large-scale installations, significant new works, and off-site projects.
“Rejecting the notion of homogeneity in the Americas, we recuperate multiple histories and cosmologies, looking to artists to help us reveal and understand points of view that have often been sidelined in the contemporary art world.” said Irene Hofmann.