Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA) to Showcase the Work of Diné (Navajo) Artist Denae Shanidiin
Opening Reception: Gallery Stroll- Friday, May 16th, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 12th to June 14th, 2014
Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA) is proud to present Denae Shanidiin: Hózhóogo Naasháa Doo (I Will Walk in Beauty), a solo exhibition by Diné (Navajo) artist Denae Shanidiin. Through a combination of photography, sacred objects, and mixed-media sculptures, Shanidiin explores personal themes that reflect upon her own identity as a Diné woman and the relationship that exists between her family, art and culture. Hózhóogo Naasháa Doo (I Will Walk in Beauty) will be Shanidiin’s first solo exhibition.
Hózhóogo Naasháa Doo (I Will Walk in Beauty) is a multi-media exhibit consisting of portraits of Shanidiin’s loved ones, most often her own family, mixed-media work, and photographs of various Diné beliefs and practices. Through the commingling of these art objects, Shanidiin expresses an intimate philosophy of life that is uniquely personal yet allows her viewer to explore a Diné way of living.
Denae Shanidiin is a Diné (Navajo) artist whose work responds to her own identity as a Native American artist and as a woman. Born on the Navajo Reservation in 1992, Shanidiin is near completion of her BFA at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work is rooted on the importance for present-day Native Americans to be able to participate and express their religious and spiritual beliefs, as well as living in accordance to various Diné philosophies of life, through their own personal manner.
Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts is a non-profit organization that strives to enrich community through art and civic engagement and seeks to give underrepresented artists and communities in Salt Lake City a voice. www.mestizoarts.org
For press inquiries and additional info contact:
Renato Olmedo-González | Interim Director and Curator | Mestizo Gallery