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Call For Artists: 2017 For Directions | Weaving Our Traditions Together

Electric Machete Studios Artist Application 2017 For Directions Exhibition: Weaving Our Traditions Together Electric Machete Studios invites you to participate in an intertribal Indigenous group exhibition, For Directions, May 20th - July 31st, 2017.  For Directions is a joint exhibition in partnership with All My Relations Arts, Two Rivers Gallery, AIM Interpretive Center, Indigenous Roots, & Electric Machete Studios highlighting the connections between Native and immigrant artists in the Midwest and with international Indigenous peoples of the 4 Directions.  Uniting Indigenous artists of the 4 directions around common themes of decolonization, identity, resistance, & survival especially relating to shared issues with the environment and cultural preservation, Electric Machete Studios seeks works that depict Weaving Our Traditions Together (open to interpretation & artistic disciplines). This exhibition seeks to explore...

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Blog: Mujeres Grabando Resistencias- Printmaking as an Act of Resistance

  According to UN Women:  Worldwide up to 50% of assaults are committed against girls under age 16.  The first sexual experience of 30% of women was forced.  Women and girls account for 80% of the 800,000 people trafficked across borders annually. Of these, 79% are exploited sexually. In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly created an initiative called the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, yet more than 20 years later, 1 in 3 women still experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by someone they know. Native and indigenous women experience violence at a significantly higher rate throughout the world. While the reasons for the persistence of violence against women are too complex to delve into here,...

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Curator Statement: Looking Into Nepantla

Light installation by EMS artist Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra.                           Nepantla is a nahuatl word that means the “in-between space”. Nepantla is a central concept of Aztec metaphysics, which describes our existence as one filled with polarities and dualities, with a ceaseless flow of energy between them. It is between the spaces of light-dark, feminine-masculine, life-death that nepantla exists, and profound changes occur. The Aztecs believed the earth itself to be in a nepantla state, with ever changing landscapes and constant movement. With everything on this spectrum of creation and destruction, including people, it is likely that nepantla was used as a compass for human behavior, encouraging equilibrium among the...

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Los Nativos at the Target Center

Check it out! Read the review of Rhymesayer's 20th Anniversary where Los Nativos gave an amazing performance! #RSE20 #EMS #LosNa... Posted by Electric Machete Studios on Saturday, December 19, 2015

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Interview: Xilam Balam, 20 Years of Lines

Lines are one of the fundamental elements of art. Regardless of the medium, it is the line that is constantly guiding the eye, creating or negating space and conveying information. They are the universal language of art, and looking throughout history we can determine so much about different eras based on the use of lines. Since the earliest cave drawings, they have been used not only to create beauty but tell stories. For veteran Twin Cities artist Xilam Balam, the line is used in its purest form; to tell stories that reflect an exploration of history, culture, and identity. His lines go beyond aesthetics, using the language of hieroglyphics and ancient symbolism to tell a modern narrative about what it...

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