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Settlement’ is a digital based programme featuring art, performance, discussion and social interaction from key artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific.

The programme showcases creative works that question the impacts of colonisation on a wide number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite its long-term effects.

Featuring up to 30 artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific, it is designed as a creative response and claiming of digital space to consider the impacts of colonisation on a diverse number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite its long term effects.

Originally a month-long encampment in Central Park, Plymouth, UK, to take place summer of 2020 within the context of the Mayflower 400 commemoration events, Settlement was intended to go beyond conversations of decolonisation and actively practice indigenisation as a radically immersive onsite experience. Physical engagement was halted due to the pandemic and has been reimagined as a vibrant digital occupation.

 

The Settlement website will showcase creative works that question the impacts of colonisation on a wide number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite the long-term effects of this history and will respond to the previously untold side of the Mayflower’s history.

Running for 28 weeks across the winter, Settlement will also offer open artist submissions. Through the lens of the artist, Settlement facilitates an honest representation of complex living Indigenous cultures and allows the artists complete control to explore the effects of the colonisation on North America from a Native American perspective.

The first platform of its kind to hand over creative expression, Settlement has been developed by concept artist Cannupa Hanska Luger and Plymouth based CIC The Conscious Sisters.

The multi-disciplinary arts program sees artists investigate and interpret their lives as the survivors of colonialism and encourage a greater understanding of the contemporary Native American experience.

The first open submission that will launch alongside the  Settlement platform is the ‘Each/Other’ project to be exhibited at Denver Art Museum from May 23-August 22, 2021. The public are asked to embroider a message onto a bandana which artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt will incorporate into a large scale sculpture for the Each/Other exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

 

The Each/Other project asks what would the world look like if, as humans, we thought of ourselves as companion species? Can acts of creative collaboration help heal broken bonds with the environment and each other? Artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt invite the public to consider questions while contributing to the physical manifestation of a large-scale sculptural installation.

Through national and international participation, the artwork will become a temporary monument to collective relationships and collaborative handwork, bringing audiences into a tactile encounter with critically relevant issues of protection, shelter, reciprocity, sustenance, exchange, power, action, stewardship, wildness, kinship, vulnerability, and ferocity.  

Embroidered bandanas  are needed by 01 December, 2020 and the public are asked to:

- Acquire a bandana or a piece of repurposed fabric roughly the size of a bandana

- Fold bandana/fabric corner to corner to create a triangle

- Embroider/stitch text, imagery or any other visual sentiment onto a corner portion of the fabric

Ship to the artists at this address:

Camp Colton

℅ Each/Other

30088 S Camp Colton Dr

Colton, OR 97017

Discover more about Each/Other in this artist film featuring Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt

Settlement is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Cultural Development Fund and through the American organization, A Blade of Grass.

Discover ‘Settlement’ online from 13 October. For full information visit mayflower400uk.org/settlement

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Season (13 Oct 2020 - 22 Aug 2021)

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