Grant Summary
Support for ongoing work.
Artist Statement
I am a Portland-based transdisciplinary warrior born to the clans Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water) and Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) of the Diné (Navajo). Whether I am broaching topics adjacent to Decolonization, Survivance, and Queerness in written and visual language, I am caught in a narrative that is informed by romanticized notions of belonging and the alienation experienced through centuries of forced assimilation to White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy. My work as an artist can be understood through the lens of curatorial inquiry, zine production, street interventions, education, workshops, and transdisciplinary methods of art production. My work is rooted in radical indigenous queer feminist politics, landscape representation, memory formation, Indigenous Survivance, HIV/AIDS-related art and activism, gender, identity, and sexuality.
  • AIDS Flag 2015, Demian DinéYazhi', Print. Courtesy of the artist.

  • #DecolonizeFeminism 2015, Demian DinéYazhi', Print. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Self-Portrait Demo) 2015, Demian DinéYazhi', Photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Bury My Art At Wounded Knee: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex 2015, Demian DinéYazhi', Installation/ Curatorial Exhibition. Courtesy of the artist.