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SFCC Presentation Celebrates Indigenous Cultural Identity In Art And Performance
There is a saying that ‘no man is a prophet in his own land,’ and that applies to a local artist, AJ Goldman. Goldman, who is of Diné heritage, had to leave Santa Fe for Paris, France and Genova, Italy to find an audience for his eclectic brand of photography and performance art. (See attached photos and links below.) He already has plans to return to Europe for three exhibitions in 2020.
Now AJ is coming home and brought his preview last week for his next series ‘Somebody Else' to the El Museo and will give an artist talk at the Santa Fe Community College Campus Center as part of the Indigenous Peoples Club celebration of Native American Heritage Month in November.
“Sovereignty and Climate Change have an integral relationship for Indigenous Peoples,” said Goldman, “I am speaking about the importance of tribal sovereignty and self-determination, culture and cultural identity through my art and performance.”
AJ Goldman presentation
Tuesday, November 19 at 10 a.m.
Campus Center- SFCC
6401 Richards Ave
Santa Fe, NM United States
For more information contact AJ Goldman: Phone 505-819-9554 [bot protected email address]
PROFILE: Despite his Native American heritage, AJ does not work in a ‘Southwestern’ genre. “The event at the SFCC will be about my art and hidden identity series,” said Goldman, “along with my current project Uncovering of the Americas (https://www.uncovering-america.com/).
Goldman creates experimental art projects including mixed media, conceptual photography and installation art. His artistic work concerns the confrontation of the cross-cultural, hybrid identities and intense observation of the social, cultural and economic conditions. Goldman is dedicated to raising awareness about human rights, focusing his work on social justice narratives related to identity and the human connection.
Goldman was selected to show his photographs in Paris at the Salon d'Automne in Paris, on the Champs-Élysées where his works became part of a legacy of artists and renegades dating back to 1903.
AJ is open and vocal about his battle with clinical depression and says his vulnerability has made it possible for him to connect with people and create mutual healing. “It’s made me confident enough to live my dream. What I need to say is real and the connection is real.”
One of Goldman’s most powerful works is a performance piece about grief in which he is wrapped and tied and lies under a sheet of Plexiglas. His alienation is complete until the audience is invited to cut the ties and set him, and themselves, free.
City of Santa Fe
200 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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