Re:definition was launched in 2016 with the goal of redefining historic cultural space. With this mission in mind, STG has transformed our Paramount Theatre’s lobby bar into an art gallery. Rotating exhibits throughout the year showcase works from visual artists whose pieces highlight issues of race and social justice, both locally and globally.
The focus for 2017 is to elevate the presence and availability of work created by Indigenous artists, as curated by Tracy Rector. Learn more below!
We remain grateful to our first curators, Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters. For more information on their contributions, as well as those of past artists, please visit our archive.
2017 CURATOR’S MISSION STATEMENT: The pervasive colonizer mentality of writing and re-writing history, to serve the needs of those in power, is a symptom of "dis-ease" that impacts our global body. As an act of healing, now is the time to decolonize false narratives, spaces and our minds. Re:definition gives us the opportunity to collectively imagine an Indigenous centered future, engineer interwoven fantasies, and carves out a space for Indigenous people to feel acknowledged with honesty, beauty and truth.
ABOUT THE CURRENT CURATOR
Tracy Rector is a mixed race Choctaw/Seminole filmmaker, curator, community organizer, Co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius.
Rector has made over 360 short films, and is currently in production of her third feature documentary. As co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point, co-director of Clearwater, and director of Ch'aak' S'aagi; Rector has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project, Toronto International Film Festival, the Seattle Art Museum and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.
After years of galvanizing community and working in a directorial role, Rector has begun to transfer her method of storytelling to gallery exhibitions. In January of 2016, she curated YOU ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND at Core Gallery, featuring contemporary works by Indigenous artists on the significance of place, truth, and reclaiming identity; and Women On the Brink at Vermillion Gallery, a show about women which highlighted the ferocity of the Feminine and transformation. And most recently, an October exhibition entitled BLOODLINES, at Bridge Productions, which focused on the inherent connections between land, water, ancestors and humans.
As a Native Education specialist, Rector offers unique insight to her projects. Her vision is to bring traditional and contemporary education together on a foundation based in environmental stewardship. She has facilitated work with over 3,000 youth, worked as a consultant with the Seattle Art Museum as an education specialist, served as a Native Naturalist for the Olympic Sculpture Park, is involved with the new expanded Native American wing of the Seattle Art Museum and the international exhibition S’abadeb –The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists.
In 2009, Tracy received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education (previously awarded to Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers). She is a WGBH Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, Tribeca All Access Grantee and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice.
Tracy was raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, both cities that have inspired her artistic and cultural vision. She currently lives in Seattle and sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.
Photo Credit: Petter Cohen
ABOUT THE CURRENT ARTISTS
Kalen Goodluck is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and journalist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His photographic work has explored Indigenous human rights issues on his tribal home in Fort Berthold, ND, food scarcity and justice in the Hudson Valley; cultural identity and landscapes in his homes of New Mexico and New York; and the historic environmental justice movement currently taking place in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
He attended Bard College and received a B.A. in Human Rights with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies.
Kalen comes from the Diné (Navajo), Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian Tribes and is a tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
Learn more at: kalengoodluck.com/home.
Adam Sings In The Timber’s (Apsáalooke/Crow) main purpose as a photojournalist is documenting Native American life. It is his desire to capture all the diverse nuances of Native Americans and to present them to the non-Native world without apology, as well as to preserve these positive representations for future generations of Indigenous people to come.
Sings In The Timber studied photojournalism at the University of Montana in Missoula and is a graduate of the Freedom Forum's American Indian Journalism Institute. Native American history has been recorded and told by non-Natives for over 500 years. "I'm glad it's there to learn from, to a point, but I think it's time we use our own voices to tell our own stories," he notes.
In addition to freelance and commercial photography, Sings In The Timber is currently working on a photo book documenting the Crow Tribe of Montana to be titled "Apsáalooke Nation." Adam is also a proud stay-at-home-dad!
Learn more at: singsinthetimber.com/portfolio.html.
A visual art installation, on display for the opening night launch party only, was curated by John Feodorov and featured the works of over twenty artists whose works address environmental issues. John was born in Los Angeles of mixed Navajo (Diné) and ambiguous Euro-American heritage. Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family’s land near Whitehorse, NM. The time he spent with his mother and grandparents on their homestead near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon continues to inform and impact his work.
John is known as a conceptual artist, a political artist, and a Native American artist, but admits he's still not sure how to define the art he makes. His work includes painting, drawing, assemblage, installation, video, music and songwriting. John is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College and a long time resident of West Seattle.
Current exhibit runs from January 19 – May 24, 2017.