[WE ARE HERE Festival] Exhibition

Dear Abrons community,

In response to a call for transformative justice and community accountability processes as they relate to sexual violence, the WE ARE HERE exhibition and its associated programming have been canceled as of September 10, 2019.

As an institution, we will be taking transformative justice measures internally and publicly. Please visit our website in the coming weeks for more information. 



Abrons Arts Center


WE ARE HERE highlights Indigenous creatives working across media in the areas of film, visual art, and performance. Although aesthetic approaches and creative practices vary, featured artists in this exhibition place Modernity and Tradition in dialogue with one another. As Indigenous people, we face ongoing destruction by western technology, yet we are armed with our own ancestral knowledge and technologies. We accept the amalgamation of the two worlds within and around us. It fuels the creation of a “world in which many worlds can exist.” (EZLN proverb) Exhibiting artists include:

Mia Ritter-Whittle (Caddo and Lenape), Corey Ashley (Diné), Kenaba Hatathlie (Diné),  Mi Casa No Es Su Casa(Abya Yala), Hotvlkvce Harjo (mvskoke Creek), Olivia Camfield (mvskoke Creek) & Woodrow Hunt (klamath Modoc and cherokee), Nikki Escobar (Páez), Bert Benally (Diné), Colectiva Nopalera (Abya Yala), Regan De Loggans (choctaw, k’iche’Maya), Mona Cliff (A’ananin/Assinaboine), Carlos Rodriguez (Taino//Purepecha descendant) , Camas Logue (Klamath/Modoc), Ryan Dennison (Diné), Marina Eskeets (Diné)

Join us for the exhibition opening on September 6, which will be presented alongside Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter. Pull up with your calpulli // relations // squad and see what over 18 different nations offer in place of antiquated pan indigeneity. You already know the vibes: anti-capitalist, anti colonial space, which means we don’t tolerate bigotry of any kind.

Sounds by DJ beeso and Chhoti maa

Refreshments provided by Indigenous Kinship Collective  **


**Although our event is not centered on alcohol, there will be alcohol present on the premises during the opening.

If you are someone who needs support in such spaces, please reach out to aru@aich.org

We understand the violence alcohol has caused our communities, and also recognize the fermented beverages some of our communities celebrate and pray with. We encourage folks to be respectful and cautious when engaging with this substance.  



WE ARE HERE is three-day arts festival exploring Indigenous past, present and future, curated by Abrons Arts Center 2019 AIRspace Curatorial Resident Aru Apaza. The festival will include work by Indigenous visual artists, filmmakers and musicians who utilize their own technologies, ancestral knowledge, and survival tactics to reflect on what it means to live a “balanced” life during the “unbalanced” times of late stage capitalism.


WE ARE HERE is made possible by the New York Women’s Foundation, American Indian Community House, Abrons Arts Center and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance Leadership Fellowship.

The 2019-2020 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Govenor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Aru Apaza