Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric
Jeffrey Gibson: ‘The Body Electric’ is a comprehensive survey of Gibson’s multi-decade practice highlighting the artist's purposeful use of material, provocative language, and collaborative community-rooted performances.
“‘The Body Electric’, offers a selection of recent works, expressing a deep appreciation of the Earth and kinship with the natural world. Gibson calls attention to ‘outsider-ness’ through a celebration of nonconformity and the power of self-expression. Over the course of this four-month exhibition, SITE Santa Fe will offer a wide range of public programs and community collaborations, including a film series curated by Jeffery Gibson and a live performance of 'She Never Dances Alone' by Sarah Ortegon,” says curator Brandee Caoba.
The presentation features a selection of paintings, sculptures, commissioned community-engaged performances, and video installations, as well as a newly commissioned mural, ‘THE LAND IS SPEAKING ARE YOU LISTENING’, 2022 activating SITE Santa Fe’s front lobby and main galleries. Viewed together, the body of work presented in this exhibition encourages contemplation of representation, exclusion, and belonging.
“I have been researching Indigenous kinship and relationality philosophies in response to the chaos of the past few years of the pandemic, political divisiveness, ongoing environmental disasters, racially motivated violence and trauma, and the amplifying of voices that are demanding change. I have sought to find ways to continue to have empathy for different perspectives and these kinship and relationality philosophies have provided me some important ways to move forward.” – Jeffrey Gibson