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Reimagining Border(ed)lands

Natalie Diaz and Maria Hupfield

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 12PM - 1PM

VENUE: Online

Reimagining Border(ed)lands
Natalie Diaz and Maria Hupfield, "All Visible Directions Between Sky and Water," Vera List Center, 2018

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Join us for a conversation with visual artist Maria Hupfield and poet Natalie Diaz as they reimagine our border(ed)lands as fluid, and return to the practice of migration as a natural relationship with language, story, land, water, and one another. We’ll also contemplate Hupfield’s exhibition Nine Years Towards the Sun at The Heard Museum and Diaz’s latest poetry collection, Postcolonial Love Poem, and explore how artists can move past representation towards liberation.

Hosted by: Donna Conwell, Curator, Lucas Artists Residency Program and Kelly Sicat, Director, Lucas Artists Residency Program.


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Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. She is the author of Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf Press, 2020) and When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), winner of an American Book Award. Diaz has received fellowships from The MacArthur Foundation, the Lannan Literary Foundation, and the Native Arts Council Foundation. She was awarded the Princeton Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Bread Loaf Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Artists, where she is an alumnus of the Ford Fellowship. Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.


Maria Hupfield is a transdisciplinary artist operating at the intersections of community, craft/visual arts, and Native Feminisms. Based in Brooklyn, she is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Digital Arts and Performance at the University of Toronto. Hupfield is Anishinaabe-kwe, and a member of the Wasauksing First Nation, located in the Georgian Bay region of Perry Sound off Lake Huron. She is a recipient of the 2018 Hnatyshyn Foundation award for outstanding achievement by a mid-career artist. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City, New York); BRIC (Brooklyn, New York); Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C); and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, Canada), and she represented Canada at SITE Santa Fe in 2016. Hupfield's solo show Nine Years Towards the Sun opened at The Heard Museum in Phoenix Arizona in December 2019. She is an inaugural Borderland Fellow at the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University and The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. Hupfield is a 2019-2021 Lucas Artist Fellow at Montalvo Arts Center.